For primary teachers and group leaders we have developed twelve session plans that are designed to help you on your archaeological journey. You might start out on your journey at different points depending on your plans.
For teachers – We envisage this suite of resources would support a local history study, developing research and recording skills, as well as mapping using grid references, English, writing and developing stories and conversations.
Many of these skills can be developed within the school classroom and grounds.
For group leaders –There are real practical archaeological challenges for your groups to get involved in.
Session Plan 1– Introduction to the archaeology of the First World War Home Front, and the Home Front Legacy project
Session Plan 2 – How were people at home involved in the First World War?
Session Plan 3– What was our area like 100 years ago, at the time of the First World War? How is it different today?
The Home Front Legacy team have commissioned five special illustrations (pictures) that depict aspects of life on the Home Front 1914-18.
The landscapes depicted are all imagined but the buildings, the military activity and people going about their day to day business are based on real places and events that formed part of the Home Front story. The illustrations also join to create one complete Home Front landscape, forming a stunning wall display.
Before the outbreak of the First World War, two thirds of the food eaten in Britain was imported. This meant that the country was reliant on imported food to survive; the German army realised that if they could target Britain’s supply of imported food, they could create a stranglehold and starve the British people into surrendering. In the words of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Emperor of Germany, “We will starve the British people who have refused peace until they kneel and plead for it”.
As a response to Germany's tactic to try to starve Britain into submission, the government advocated avoiding food waste, eating less bread, and growing food in allotments.
The Home Front Legacy team have joined forces with Sheffield Young Archaeologists' Club, to commission and produce six films to showcase young people getting involved in practical archaeology, recording the Home Front
These engaging films produced by young people, for young people, set out to share the basics of site recording for the Home Front Legacy project. The Home Front Legacy project has its own electronic site recording form or App.
1. What is Archaeology & the Home Front Legacy?
2. Discovering the Home Front Legacy App
3. Exploring with the Home Front Legacy App
4. Grid referencing with the Home Front Legacy App
The Home Front in Britain 1914-18: An Archaeological Handbook
The CBA Practical Handbook The Home Front in Britain 1914-18: An Archaeological Handbook supports the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project.
This book provides invaluable background information helping you to identify and record the remains of the Home Front, including practice trenches, works by conscientious objectors, and homes fit for heroes. Extensively illustrated, with both archive and modern images, the book also includes guidance on researching the Home Front.