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First World War Ambulance Trains Programme

Explore the realm of First World War Ambulance Trains through our new and innovative learning programme.

Term time, selected dates
10.30am - 2pm
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3

Discover the significance of the railway industry and Ambulance Trains during the 1914-1918 conflict through our exciting programme of activities. The programme is completely free and consists of a full day of activities. Suitable for up to 140 students. Please note that the activities cannot be booked separately and you may take part alongside another school group.

The programme consists of:

1. Mud and Morphine

Be transported back in time with our immersive theatrical experience which brings together first-hand accounts from the First World War and modern audio-visual technology. Piece together the story of Ambulance Train 24 as you meet characters from the past as you immerse yourself in the role of an Ambulance Train orderly.

2. Back to Blighty

Join in with our high octane interactive show and work out how to bring Ambulance Trains back to Great Britain from the Front. Step onto our giant board game and in teams use your problem-solving skills in real-life scenarios from the First World War.

3. New Recruits Apply Today

Follow our exciting exhibition trail and use your imagination as you uncover the lost stories of the different people who travelled together on the Ambulance Trains.

This programme is accompanied by a series of free online resources. Download a range of fascinating archive material to use in the classroom or at home. Available for teachers and students alike, the material is accompanied by tutor notes to encourage greater engagement and deeper understanding.

For more information see our Ambulance Train exhibition.

Curriculum Links

This programme is ideal for those studying a wide variety of subjects including History, English and Drama. Specific links are listed below:


Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through:
    - Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and listening, and using these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects.
    - Using Standard English confidently in their own writing and speech.

Spoken English Pupils should be taught to:

  • Speak confidently and effectively, including through:
    - Using Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion.
    - Giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point.
    - Participating in formal debates and structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.


  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.
  • Local history study examples (non-statutory).


  • The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch.
  • The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom.
  • The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities.

To enquire about upcoming dates and to make a booking please complete our online booking form or phone us on 01904 686230.

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