As the capital city of the United Kingdom, London has a rich history that dates back to the Bronze Age. It has played an important role in the way the history of the world has progressed over the centuries. Although a school trip to London can take on a huge variety of subjects, in order to manage the city as a destination, it is best to focus on one or two main points of interest and explore those more fully while soaking in the cool vibe of this ultra-modern, yet still visibly ancient city.
One interesting way to tailor a school trip to the city is to look more fully at the way that wars have played a role in its history, and in that of the rest of the world, as it relates to London and the UK. Take time to visit the Imperial War Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms to learn how fighting has shaped the city.
Imperial War Museum
A group of war museums with five branches, three of these are located in London. A school trip to London will take students to the branches that were founded in 1917 as the Imperial War Museum, with the intention of recording the history of the people and conflicts that took place during World War One, and to document the justification of the British Empire during the war. Since its opening, the museum has expanded to cover many other conflicts that have included the United Kingdom, and now it actively encourages the exploration and understanding of modern warfare. Originally opened in the Crystal Palace, the museum moved from there to South Kensington and now has its home in the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Southwark. A school trip to the museum will take students through the collections of photographs, films, personal and official documents, examples of military crafts and art collections as well. In the next year, the museum will be getting a boost as the centenary of WWI comes around; it will be a perfect time to visit and learn about this important part of British history.
Cabinet War Rooms
As one of the branches of the Imperial War Museum, the Cabinet War Rooms are also known as the Churchill War Rooms. This mysterious underground bunker was the place where the British command center was located through the Second World War. Built shortly before the outbreak of WWII, the war rooms were continuously manned through this turbulent period of history and played a major role as an epicentre of Allied control. After the end of the war, the War Rooms were mostly abandoned and, over the years, they were only visited by a competent people who had special permissions and appointments. But in the early 1980s, the Imperial War Museums took over the War Rooms and opened them up for visitors. A school trip to this sobering location shows students just how important this small underground complex was in this part of our history.