History School Trips - Guided WWI Medicine & Surgery on the Western Front

Our 3-day, fully-guided tour to the First World War Battlefields really can enhance the teaching and learning process for Pearson Edexcel’s GCSE History - Option 11: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches – and that’s not just our view, our itinerary has been formally endorsed by the exam board itself.

Your pupils will learn from a wealth of important historical sites and excursions such as Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the largest hospital cemetery in Ypres Salient area; In Flanders Field Museum, a superb state-of-the-art interactive museum and Passchendaele Memorial Museum, which featured examples of trenches and bunkers where soldiers would have been treated initially.

We also offer free Medicine and Surgery Site resources to provide activities for pupils at key sites.

 

Prices start from£279pp

Sample itinerary

Itinerary linking to:
Edexcel GCSE History - Option 11: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Morning departure, visit to museum for First World War overview to set scene – e.g. In Flanders Fields Museum Essex Farm CWGC Cemetery, Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater and Lijssenthoek CWGC Cemetery Visit Menin Gate for The Last Post Ceremony
Day 2 The Sunken Lane, Auchonvillers CWGC Cemetery Accrington Pals Memorial, Newfoundland Memorial Park and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Day 3 Wellington Quarry, Arras Cambrai Tank Museum Depart for journey home
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
Morning Morning departure, visit to museum for First World War overview to set scene – e.g. In Flanders Fields Museum
Afternoon Essex Farm CWGC Cemetery, Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater and Lijssenthoek CWGC Cemetery
Evening Visit Menin Gate for The Last Post Ceremony
Morning The Sunken Lane, Auchonvillers CWGC Cemetery
Afternoon Accrington Pals Memorial, Newfoundland Memorial Park and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Evening
Morning Wellington Quarry, Arras
Afternoon Cambrai Tank Museum
Evening Depart for journey home

Price Shown includes

  • 2 nights' full-board accommodation 
  • Executive coach transportation from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Services of an NST Educationalist Guide 
  • Imperial War Museum First World War Centenary pin badge
  • Free WWI Remembrance Journal
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Free place ratio of 1 in 8

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in September 2020 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...


Accommodation

Popular options in Northern France & Belgium


Top visits

In Flanders Field Museum

This superb state-of-the-art, interactive museum is now an even richer experience with the updated larger museum. Covering most aspects of the war in Flanders, each visitor will receive a wristband that will take them on a journey in the museum through the eyes of someone who was there. Educational worksheets and study resources and workshops are available www.inflandersfields.be/en/educational-new

Passchendaele Memorial Museum

Commemorating the 1917 Battle of Passchendale, this museum has been enlarged, with a new underground exhibition focusing on the battle, a network of open air trenches and a new remembrance gallery. A full day interactive platoon experience also available, please call for details.

 

Sanctuary Wood Museum & Hill 62

Located close to the original front lines, this fascinating visit shows well preserved original British trenches and covered passageways, as well as a section of the underground tunnel system. The museum consists of two rooms housing many artefacts removed from the battlefields plus a large and rare collection of three dimensional photo images inside special viewing boxes.

Hooge Crater Museum and Trenches Experience

Offering groups a unique tour - original artefacts & full scale reconstructions of battlefield scenes can be found in the Museum Hooge Crater. With an extended collection of weapons from the period 1914-18, war equipment of all armies that fought during those four years of intense battles and photos, make this museum a true must-see! 

New for 2018 - Offering groups a unique tour - original artefacts & full scale reconstructions of battlefield scenes with newly completed trenches to depict a German and British trench in the exact original position between April – July 1915.  We can reserve a time slot in the trenches just for your group, so you can explore them on your own. 

Essex Farm Cemetery & Dressing Station

Probably most famous because of the connection between the preserved British bunker and the Canadian poet, John McCrae, this cemetery and the nearby canal bank, formerly the British Front Line, are also well worth visiting.

Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater

The remains of two of the mines blown up at the beginning of the Battle of Messines lie here. The preserved battlefield around the Hill 60 crater bears witness to the ferocity of the fighting around this vantage point, which changed hands on several occasions.

Lijssenthoek Cemetery

The story of the cemetery - the largest hospital cemetery in the Ypres Salient area with almost 11,000 victims, representing 30 nationalities - is told in this new visitor centre. The exhibition includes a photo and listening wall where stories from the war can be discovered.

Menin Gate & Last Post Ceremony

The largest and the most important of the British memorials to the Missing in The Salient, The Menin Gate holds the names of 54,896 soldiers of the British Empire. This memorial marked the start of one of the main roads out of Ypres towards the Front Line. Following a meal at a local restaurant, your students will witness the moving ‘Last Post Ceremony’ which takes place every evening at 8pm.

Sunken Lane

The Sunken Lane was a lane running in a north-south direction and situated in No Mans Land, halfway between the opposing front lines west of Beaumont Hamel village until the battle moved beyond the village in November 1916. 

Auchonvillers Cemetery

From the outbreak of the war to the summer of 1915, this part of the front was held by French troops, who began the military cemetery in June 1915. It continued to be used by Commonwealth field ambulances and fighting units until early 1917.

Accrington Pals Memorial

Constructed of Accrington brick, this striking and relatively recent memorial commemorates one of the best known of the Pals Battalions. It stands in a park dedicated to The Sheffield City Battalion which contains traces of the front line trenches, from which both battalions attacked on 1st July 1916.

Newfoundland Park

Undoubtedly one of the largest and best-preserved trench memorials on the Western Front. Just outside the park lies Hawthorn Crater, and within it are the ‘Danger Tree’ and remains of the British Front Line. The German Front Line can be seen across No Man’s Land. 

Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre

This is the largest memorial to the British missing on the Western Front, containing the names of over 73,000 men who died in the Somme section before 20th March 1918 and have no known graves. The visitor centre houses an informative exhibition designed to aid understanding of the history of Thiepval during WWI.

Wellington Quarry

This fascinating museum has been created within a section of tunnels dug by the British Army during WWI, giving groups the opportunity to visit the underground network which played a key part in the Battle of Arras. Your group will descend 20 metres in a glass lift to take a guided tour. A great alternative to Vimy Ridge which can get booked up very early.

Cambrai Tank Museum

Opened in 2018, the bare concrete walls of this museum have been designed to resemble those of a bunker on the Hindenburg Line, the formidable system of German defences attacked by more than 400 tanks in November 1917.  The remains of an original tank - 'Deborah' - are housed in the museum. Displayed with her are objects belonging to the soldiers, airmen, and nurses who served in this part of Northern France during the First World War.


Evening activites

  • View WWI Medicine & Surgery artefacts carried by your NST History Educationalist Guide 
  • Most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evening for quizzes or discos

Study themes

• Medicine and Surgery on the Western Front

Pearson endorsement statement

This itinerary has been reviewed by the awarding body to confirm that it suitably enhances the teaching and learning process for the related Pearson qualification. A Pearson subject representative has attended the associated tour to ensure that its content meets the requirements of the qualification it is aimed at and to confirm that it is suitable for the intended audience of the qualification. 

The review confirms that the itinerary and the tour support the content of this qualification and that the locations covered in each visit and the key outcomes to be delivered as part of each visit enrich the overall learning experience of the course or part of the course it is aimed at.

 

 

 

Endorsement does not cover the Tour Operator nor does it cover the suitability of the individual tour guide who delivers the itinerary on the day. The delivery of the tour and individual experience of the tour are not the responsibility of Pearson; participants are referred to the Tour Operator’s confirmation of booking for further information including pricing structures.

Endorsement of an itinerary and a tour does not cover any other resources produced by the Tour Operator to support the qualification or that will be used to deliver the tour. Whilst Pearson is satisfied that the itinerary and the tour itself are capable of enriching and supporting the achievement of the qualification, it is not essential for studying the qualification. The official specification is the only authoritative source in respect of the qualification content and should be used for definitive guidance to ensure that all learning objectives are fulfilled.


Study levels

A-level

GCSE

KS3


Educational resources

Free educational study packs

In order to save you preparation time and ensure you and your pupils get the most from your tour, NST have worked with educationalists to provide downloadable resources to use before, during and after your tour.

Click here to view a sample of our resources. 


Expert's comment

Our established programme, covering Ypres Salient and the Somme, enables your pupils to learn from a wealth of important historical sites and excursions and will help them understand the impact and the lessons left behind.

Jeff Garner, NST Educationalist History Guide Programme Co-ordinator


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

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"Our guide, David, was outstanding in many areas: his enthusiam, detailed subject knowledge, rapport with the pupils, ability to bring the Western Front to life with his stories and personal experiences and his pre-tour support for individual pupils looking for family relatives was second to none.”

James George, Rastrick High School