Education

School bookings – Explore and learn with the Firing Line Museum

Our sessions are bespoke and designed around your learning outcomes. Here are some ideas demonstrating what we can deliver. However please get in touch to discuss what your needs are and we will plan with you in mind;

  • Intro to the World War – including trying on soldier’s uniform and handling a Lee Enfield gun
  • What’s in the box? – Participants are split into three groups and given a themed box containing a wide range of handling items. Participants explore the items independently and then share their individual findings with the whole group
  • Semaphore Messaging – The age-old flag flying form of communication involves teamwork and coordination. Our facilitator will ensure all participants get a go at spelling out words during this Chinese whisper style activity
  • Remote controlled tanks – Participants work in pairs to manoeuvre the remote-controlled miniature tanks through our makeshift assault course. Linking with STEM learning participants are set the challenge of transporting items from one end of the course to the other and must use problem solving and team work to succeed
  • Uniform Dress up – Exploring the range of uniforms, participants can try on different soldier’s kit from as early as Napoleonic times to present day uniforms
  • Gun or Sword talks (on site only) – Participants will explore the history of guns or swords from as early as 1700. There will be a chance to handle some of the objects and learn more about how they have developed into the modern-day weapons we see today
  • Air raid Tunnel experience (on site only) – Walk through the atmospheric and historical air raid tunnels to get a first-hand experience of what it would have been like to use these public air raid tunnels when the country was at war

If possible, our facilitators will be dressed in uniform from the era.

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What we offer

First World War

We offer school and outreach sessions on this topic and sessions are designed with the needs of the group in mind.

For example, school groups can look at the role of the soldier and explore their journey from recruitment to life in the trenches. Looking at photographs and objects from this period students will begin to understand the impact of the First World War on citizens and soldiers of the UK. Participants can try on First World War kit and take part in military drill with our own Cpl Boycott. We can outline how the First World War impacted on the lives of the women with reference to medicine, industry and the right to vote.

For outreach groups, we can run talks or presentations on a range of topics and we will share objects that can be handled by participants bringing the history to life.

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Second World War

We offer school and outreach sessions on this topic and sessions are designed with the needs of the group in mind.

Schools can discover what life was like during the Second World War through the stories of evacuees, soldiers, ARP wardens and the Home Guard. Pupils will have the opportunity to try on costumes, handle real and replica artefacts, discuss propaganda material and find out how the country changed as a result of war. We also have remote controlled tanks which pupils can try their hand at navigating around an obstacle course with a certificate upon completion. 

For outreach groups, we can deliver talks or presentations on a range of topics and we will share objects that can be handled by participants bringing the history to life.

Second World War
Outreach Events

We believe in lifelong learning and therefore offer outreach events for all ages. Sessions are bespoke and designed around what your group want to learn or see either at the museum or at a venue of your choice. Here are some ideas demonstrating what we can deliver. Please get in touch to discuss your needs and we will plan with you in mind;

  • Intro to the World Wars – Staff can deliver an informative and interactive presentation covering the journey of soldiers and regiments during the First or Second World War. This session includes handling soldier’s uniform and a Lee Enfield gun
  • Gun or Sword talks (on site only) – Participants explore the history of guns or swords from as early as 1700. There’s a chance to handle some of the objects and learn more about how they have developed into the modern-day weapons we see today
  • The creation of the museum presentation – Find out how the museum was developed from the curator
  • Uniformed soldiers – We can send a contingent of uniformed staff to any event you are hosting to add value to any themed occasion
Seasonal Sessions

If you come down to the castle today, you may be in for a surprise…

We aim to host at least one of the following activities every day for our visitors but please be aware these are only possible if we have enough staff so if there’s something you’d really like to see or do please give us a call before you arrive:

  • Gun or sword talks. Participants can find out the history of guns and swords from as early as 1700. There’s a chance to handle some of the objects and learn more about how they have developed into the modern-day weapons we see today
  • Staff in uniform from different periods. Have your picture taken with our staff dressed in uniforms dating from medieval times to World War 2. Also you can try on your own outfit in our visitor dress up station which is open daily
  • Family activities on school holidays. Summer 2019 will see the launch of our code breakers treasure hunt where families can work together to crack Morse code and seek out objects to help them complete their mission. Also, we have a plane spotter trail for those with aviation interests and on special days visitors can try the remote-controlled tanks experience

All of the above activities can be booked for private groups for a reasonable fee or donation. For more information please email education@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk.

Gun Salutes

Have you ever seen a Royal Gun Salute up close with the full boom effect?

Events are organised by 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales. They often host pupils from schools in Wales for various activities throughout the day. Youngsters get the chance to meet members of the Ice Maidens – the British Army team who became the first all-female expedition to cross Antarctica, or explore the collection of the Firing Line Museum with guns and swords talks or driving remote controlled tanks. If you are a school and are interested in this opportunity get in touch with @ArmyinWales on Facebook.

Gun salutes are supported by military bands. In the past they have been supported by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh and the Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division.

Entrance into the castle grounds is free for this event.

What you need to know 

Where: We host education sessions in our museum which is located in Cardiff Castle, but we can also come to you

Cost: £3 per pupil for museum-based workshop, outreach sessions include a travel fee to cover our fuel costs

Time: Sessions can be an hour or a full day. We recommend a 2-3 hour session if you’re coming on site and we offer a free lunch space you can request when booking

Size of group: We can run up to 3 sessions at a time each with 30 participants

Who: Our sessions are designed for Primary and Secondary level students

TIP: Do you want to make more of your trip to Cardiff? The Firing Line Museum works in partnership with other museums in Cardiff including the Museum of Cardiff and the Temple of Peace, both of which are a ten-minute walk away. We can organise your trip to include visits to other sites so you can make the most of your time in the capital. Ask us more when you book.  

Home School Visits

The Museum welcome’s Home School Groups. Get in touch to book a visit. 

Contact us

To arrange your school visit, please contact us on 029 2087 3623 or education@cardiffcastlemuseum.org.uk

Education