Pupils can now experience the stories of Warwickshire people during the First World War.

Secondary school pupils and teachers are invited to find out about Warwickshire’s role in World War One by downloading a selection of letters home, advertisements, newspaper articles and papers from the World War One collections held at Warwickshire County Record Office. In addition, films of professional actors performing the material are also available as an alternative teaching resource and teachers’ notes provide any background information required.

These resources were created in partnership with Warwick District Council as part of Heritage and Culture Warwickshire’s (HCW) World War One commemoration activities. The resources include extracts from letters home from brother and sister ‘Rollo’ and ‘Dotty’ Feilding as they recount their experiences on the front line as a Lt-Colonel in the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards and an ambulance driver in letters to their mother. Pupils will also be able to read about life back on the Warwickshire home front, with material about rationing, life after the war for returning soldiers and advertisements from the period.

The stories and characters have also been evocatively brought to life by performers Kieron Attwood and Hannah Graham and underpinned by a musical score written and performed by Derek Nisbet. A series of short films have been created by MindRiot Productions.

The material was previously performed at Aylesford School, Warwick, in September 2016 and prior to that at Leamington Spa Centre in October 2015. Gethin Jones, Head of Drama at Aylesford School, said: “This was a really professional production that brought to life the varied characters associated with our local history. It was a fantastic opportunity for our 6th Form to engage with real life artefacts and explore creative ways of bringing them to life.”

Go to heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/world-war-one-resources/ to download these resources for free. They are suitable across a range of curriculum subjects, including history, English and drama.

HCW’s World War One material has been collated by a team of volunteers working on HCW’s Warwickshire at War project.

Details of WCRO’s World War One documents are on a dedicated database which can be found at http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-county-record-office/county-record-office-resources-andcatalogues/.