Kendal teacher urges schools to explore how First World War affected the region

A HISTORY teacher has urged South Lakeland schools to work together to explore how the region was affected by the First World War.

Stephen Roberts, head of history at Kendal’s Queen Katherine School, wants youngsters to interpret people’s experiences ahead of the 100th anniversary of the conflict in 2014.

So far, he has worked with Mayor of Kendal John Willshaw, councillors, Kendal Civic Society and museums to plan projects and activities.

First World War-related guided tours of Kendal, a book and stage production and even a visit to the Western Front for youngsters and their families are some of the ideas being suggested.

In addition, it is hoped public talks and an exhibition of interesting archives and artefacts will be made available to all age groups.

And a letter has been sent to the council in Kendal’s German twin town, Rinteln, to find out whether the two communities could co-ordinate their own research and commemorations.

Anyone who is interested in the project is asked to contact Mr Roberts at The Queen Katherine School on 01539-773640.

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