On a wonderfully fine day we visited 1st Northern General Hospital – aka Newcastle University. Working with the Philip Robinson Library Education Outreach Team (Sara and Gillian), Y6 had a busy morning. The session was split between two activities: a tour of buildings in the university that were converted into an emergency hospital 1914-18 and a session in special collections, viewing rare documents together with an IT search for students and staff who died in the war.

The tour included the Armstrong Building where the magnificent marble war memorial is housed and Kings Hall used as a ward for enlisted men. The officers were housed in a smaller ward in the Hatton Gallery. Check out the shots with our children standing in the same places as recovering soldiers.

Back in the library we paused for a well needed glass of water and a biscuit (or 2 or 3) and plunged into a world of weird archives. Volunteers held a charter from the time of Henry VIII, the signature of George III, a book of posters from the Cholera outbreak of 1848 in Gateshead and most bizarrely – A PAIR OF MURDERER’S SOCKS.

After this we settled down to research a group of soldiers who died during the Allied Offensive that broke the German army in 1918. Sadly some of them died when the war was almost over.

A Tour of the University


Working with the Archives Team

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