Longleat says Thank You with a three day military education programme

Last month, Longleat held an Military Spectacular event. The first 3 days of the event, from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 September, Longleat hosted an military education programme for local school children, to which The Royal British Legion was invited to partake by running a Thank You themed workshop for the kids.

The Royal British Legion delivered a Thank You themed workshop which aimed to share some of the inspiring stories and amazing feats of innovation from WWI with the students.

This workshop involved interactive games to get the children engaged and thinking about WW1, which focused on the everyday items we still use today which came out of WWI; highlighting just how relevant The First World War remains to be 100 years on. This was followed by a few short exercises based around the themes and stories of Thank You, exploring some of the individual hero stories from WWI in more detail. With around 500 children taking part over the 3 days we were able to educate and engage a young audience in the events of WW1.

The objective was for every student to say Thank You to the First World War generation and without a doubt everyone left the workshop with new knowledge of at least one WW1 hero or heroine, and a fact about the incredible innovations to come of the war.

For the entire 5 day Military Spectacular event, The Royal British Legion were thrilled to bring artist Sarah Arnett’s impressive Thank You art installation to sit in front of the truly magnificent Longleat House. Guests at Longleat were invited to write ‘Thank You’ messages to the first world war generation whilst taking inspiration from the wealth of impressive armoured combat vehicles, interactive demonstrations, a dramatic twilight parachute jump and the immaculate musical processions all taking place over the weekend. A truly magnificent demonstration of all the features of the military today.