It was a complete delight to take our GCSE History students to the National History Museum in Greenwich. The day started with an introductory session from the education officer Ben Weddell looking at maps and artefacts. Students worked in groups throughout the day, exploring four of the exhibitions – Tudor and Stuart Exploration, Atlantic Issues, The East India Company and Britain in India and Warfare at Sea. They also had an opportunity to look at artefacts relating to the Vikings, Huguenots, Jewish migrants and East Asian seafaring migrants to London – so much to take in – but directly relating to our GCSE course. After leaving the museum they headed up the hill to see the impressive view of London from the Greenwich Observatory – and especially of the docklands – using their newly acquired knowledge to imagine it at the various points in history our course covers.
They all truly enjoyed a fascinating, hands-on trip to London.