National Memorial Arboretum say their own Thank You

On Tuesday 11 July the National Memorial Arboretum will be welcoming 750 students to its Thank You Youth Festival. The students, aged between 11 and 16, will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops themed around the contributions of the First World War generation and some of the more positive legacies of the conflict. Music, art, history, citizenship and PE are just some of the curriculum subjects covered in the day-long event which will culminate in a mass-participative ‘thank you’ in Heroes’ Square.  Seventeen schools have booked to participate in the day with students travelling from Sheffield, Stoke on Trent and Nottingham, as well as more locally to the Arboretum.

Alongside the festival, the NMA will be hosting a free exhibition named ‘Thank You: Legacies of War’. In the final year of the World War I centenary, this exhibition forms part of The Royal British Legion’s movement to say ‘thank you’ to the World War I generation. Running from the 3 August to 11 November, the exhibition will highlight some of the everyday items that were developed as a result of World War 1, exploring the origin of each object and the impact that it had, and continues to have, on people’s lives.

To find out more about how you or your school might be able to get involved to say your own ‘Thank You’, please visit