The final day of the trip started with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum, an interactive exhibition tracking the progress of indivuals during the battle for Ypres. Each pupil received a wristband that logged and followed personal stories of the war. “I found it very hard hitting” explained Henry in Year 11, “listening to actual accounts and understanding what happened to people’s families made it real for me”.
“It was a very modern museum and that helped me follow the story, I can get bored with posters” said Alex in Year 10.
After the museum the group headed to Sanctury Hill and Hill 62. Hill 62 museum gave the pupils a chance to explore an authentic trench layout and experience the unsettling communications tunnels that criss crossed the trenches. “Getting into the trenches was really interesting.” said Will in Year 10. “Being in the tunnel itself allowed me to get it into my head what it was like for the soldiers”.
After Hill 62 the bus began the long journey home. All the pupils were given a small poppy pin badge to remember their trip by. It’s been an interesting and emotional journey for pupils and staff but a also a very thought provoking one too.