Thursday 23rd January ten pupils, Miss Fairbard and Mr Collinson visited Maidstone Museum and Maidstone Kent Library and History Centre as part of their Football and Peace project.
The pupils arrived at the Maidstone Kent Library and History Centre ready to carry out some research on Walter Tull. They did this will the help of Rob Illingworth and his team. They were able to use primary evidence including the use of mirco-film to discover more about Walter Tull’s early life. The pupils were excited to see where the documents were kept in the basement of the centre and were able to visit the archives. The archivist was able to show them how a document could be retrieved using a request she had to find a will. The pupils were amazed at the amount of documents the archive stored. (All eight miles of them!)
In the afternoon the pupils enjoyed a session at Maidstone Museum where they were able to explore many artefacts from WW1. They examined original letters and postcards from the trenches and tried to work out whether the Christmas Truce actually took place. They were able to look at look at a football and a pair of football boots from WW1 and even got to dress up as WW1 soldiers!
A fantastic day was had by all involved.
Coming soon; a pupils account of their day in Maidstone.