New First World War e-learning materials for schools

New First World War e-learning materials for schools

Children from Leeds can discover the stories of local First World War heroes and heroines through a new interactive online resource.

The ‘Our First World War Guardians’ interactive has been produced by Leeds Museums and Galleries, in partnership with My Learning ( It tells the stories of six First World War medal recipients, using artefacts they or their families donated to Leeds Museums and Galleries.

The interactive is freely accessible at: It is designed to inspire pupils to gain a greater understanding of the roles played by servicemen and women during the conflict.

The interactive tells the stories of six First World War medal recipients, using artefacts they or their families donated to Leeds Museums and Galleries including; Nurse Phyllis Tessier who received the Red Cross Medal for spending over 1,000 hours treating injured servicemen; two brothers from Hunslet, Alfred and Thomas Place, were both awarded medals for bravery; former Middleton resident John Fox received a Distinguished Conduct Medal for maintaining communications from his trench, while exposed and under fire; Leeds Pal, Richard Dales died just days before the Armistice was signed and Lieutenant Sydney Gilliatt became one of the pioneering pilots in the Royal Flying Corps.

Children can use the interactive to explore the features of and meaning behind military medals, then design their own medal and view it in 3D. They can write a letter to pre- and post-war British prime ministers and follow key wartime events across a map of Europe.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: 

“As part of Leeds Museums and Galleries’ First World War commemoration programme, we are working with a range of partners to see how the resources and expertise at our disposal can be used to bring to life different aspects of the conflict for people of all ages.

“Our partnership with My Learning is a great way in which to share an array of Leeds Museums and Galleries learning materials with teachers, which they can then use as a resource to teach and engage pupils about the First World War. This includes our extremely interesting medal interactive feature, and coming soon an aviation interactive that promises to be fantastic.”

My Learning provides learning resources for teachers and learners, inspired by the collections of UK arts, heritage and cultural organisations. Funded by Arts Council England and managed by Leeds Museums and Galleries, My Learning has approximately 1 million visitors per year.

A special aviation interactive created for Leeds City Museum is also set to go live on My Learning later this month, in which students can learn about aeronautical design and build their own plane.

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

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