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The 1918 Project: A schools and colleges engagement programme to commemorate the end of The Great War

The 1918 Project: A schools and colleges engagement programme to commemorate the end of The Great War

Date: From Friday 31 August 2018 to Friday 30 November 2018
Venue: Various venues

See attached programme for full details (PDF, 437.1KB)

November 11 2018 marks the centenary of the end of The Great War. To mark this occasion the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team is running a schools engagement programme for pre and post 16 students. The programme of workshops and talks aim to reflect the many implications of and perspectives on the war by offering masterclasses and taster days linked to a wide spectrum of subjects and themes, from the use of war planes and freedom of speech and propaganda to social class and women's rights.

The pre-16 offer will consist of 3 roadshow workshops linked to the GCSE curriculum and will launch the 1918 project to schools in September. The post-16 programme will run concurrently from late September through to November and will culminate on November 14th with a play in our new Performance Lab on the theme of Women and the German Revolution of 1918

  • Pre-16 workshops

    Using the year 1918 as their starting point, these source-based workshops will explore the immense social and political upheaval experienced in Europe during the inter-war period. Utilising a range of contemporary film and print sources, these engaging, interactive sessions will support the development of students’ interpretative skills and orientate them within the period’s broader historical context. All of the workshops have been designed to support the current AQA, Edexcel and OCR GCSE history specifications, and can be adapted to the needs of particular cohorts.

    1. Germany: 1918
    This workshop will explore the immense political and social change taking place in Germany in the interwar period, covering Germany’s relative economic recovery under Stresemann, the failure of Weimar democracy, and the rise of Nazism. The session has been designed to support the following modules;

    • AQA – AB Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship
    • Edexcel – 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
    • OCR (History A) – Germany 1925-1955: The People and the State
    2. Russia: 1918
    This workshop will explore Russia’s turbulent journey from the collapse of Tsardom to the rise and consolidation of communism. The session will touch on the civil war of 1918-21, Stalin’s struggle to power, and the collectivisation and industrialisation processes. The session has been designed to support the following modules;

    • AQA – AC Russia, 1894-1945: Tsardom and communism
    • Edexcel – 30: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41
    • OCR – Russia 1928 – 1964: The People and the State
    These roadshow sessions will be available to be delivered in your school from September. Workshops can be delivered independently or together. Workshops last approx 1hour.

    For further information or to request a workshop for your school please contact Jack Ridley at
  • Post 16

    Women, Britain and suffrage extension after the war
    All men over 21 and some women - but not all - were given the vote in February 1918. Why did the government enact this franchise reform and why did it exclude women under 30?

    Red scared: The allied intervention into Bolshevik Russia
    The allied landing at Archangel in 1918 set the agenda for a new period of diplomatic tensions in the years after 1918, in which attention moved away from the threat of a German menace to new anxieties about Bolshevism in Russia. The period 1918-1920 was dominated by images of Red Scares, both domestically in Britain, and internationally. This session considers images of Bolshevism and red scares in contemporary propaganda, and analyses their impact on politics and society during and after the post-1918 peace process.

    1918 and Germany
    Why did revolution break out in Germany in November 1918? Are the causes to be found mainly in events on the fighting front or on the home front? What role did soldiers, sailors and women workers play? And how far did the revolution succeed in meeting its aims?

    Women and the German Revolution, 1918-1919
    The German revolution which began with the uprising in the naval town on Kiel on 3 November 1918, and led to the overthrow of the Kaiser and the end of the First World War on 9-11 November, was a major event in German and European history. Often depicted as a ‘failed’ or ‘betrayed’ revolution, it in fact gave rise to a variety of new ways of envisioning politics and social relationships, not least for women. Much of this hope and optimism has been forgotten in intervening years, including in the centenary commemorations of 2018.

    This session will include a talk by Professor Matthew Stibbe on women’s role during the revolution; a chance to look at documents and an exhibition on the events in Kiel; and a play, ‘Women of Aktion’, put on by the theatre company Bent Architect. The play focuses on the attempt by British theatre director Joan Littlewood to stage a play by the German revolutionary poet Ernst Toller on the Kiel Uprising in Manchester in the 1930s, and her criticism of Toller’s portrayal of the Uprising as an event led solely by men. It will be followed by a Q&A session.

    Domestic Implications of The Great War for Britain
    The end of The Great War and the British Empire
    The domestic implications of The Great War for the United States
    The impact of WWI on social class
    The History of medicine
    The developing use of planes during the war
    Propaganda and WWI

Please contact Matt Lawton-Hunt for more information and to register your interest in this programme.

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