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MYLES LEADS YEAR 8 WORLD WAR 1 HISTORY LESSON

19 June 2023  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Myles Fairhurst, in Year 9, is passionate about History and has a special interest in World War 1. When Myles discovered that our Year 8 students were learning about the First World War he kindly volunteered to present his memorabilia to them. Myles has a vast collection of genuine artefacts, as well as replica items.

Stacey Ridley, History Teacher, said: “It’s brilliant to be able to invite a student into lessons to teach his peers. Furthermore, it’s a great opportunity to “bring history to life” for our students, with them being able to handle some of the items and to physically see them. Myles’ knowledge of the First World War is incredible – what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing!”

We caught up with Myles to find out more about his lesson with the Year 8 students and his interest in World War 1.

Why did you volunteer to do this?

I volunteered to do this because I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion about History and the First World War. Also, I believe it is important for the younger generation to learn about WWI and I thought it would be a good visual and physical representation of WWI instead of just hearing about it.

 What did you get out of it?

I got a real sense that the classes were interested in my artefacts and what I had to say about them. I experienced what it was like to give talks about History to people. As I would like to become an Archaeologist and a History Professor in Military History, it gave me the opportunity to experience giving a lecture.

What did you show the students?

I showed the students my personal collection of the First World War. For example, my replica uniform and webbing set. I also showed them some of my original artefacts from WWI, including a 303. Lee Enfield bullet, Mauser bullet (exploded), a base of a shell, shell timer, shell nose cone, shrapnel and a Princess Mary tin.

 Why are you so interested in World War 1 and 2?

There is just something so captivating about this period in time. There are lots more to both events than ‘war’. I want to make sure that all the men and women throughout the British Empire and beyond who lost their lives fighting for their country are remembered and never forgotten. Both wars have shaped how we live and act in England today.

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