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Creative project ‘Trench Brothers’ helps children explore the wartime roles of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British soldiers

Posted  13 November 2014 in Projects and Resources  
By Kate Clements

Trench Brothers is a First World War creative learning project for primary school children which draws on the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British soldiers and commemorates their contributions using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning.

A unique project, Trench Brothers’ methodology of embedding the arts to provoke a creative, artistic response, inspires children to bring historical research to life. Trench Brothers includes:

– New Music Theatre work with composers and singers

– Trench Brothers Education Zone website offering contextual background information with an emphasis on the Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British forces together with over 90 lesson plans and activities in every subject, mapped to the 2014 curriculum;

Every participating school receives:

o An artefacts-handling session of First World War uniforms and memorabilia with the National Army Museum;

o A visit from an Indian Soldier Costumed Interpreter;

o A composition workshop with a host of composers in different musical genres for students to set a letter from a soldier, whose life they have researched, to music

o Puppet-making with Little Angel Theatre to create Trench Brother puppets;

o Interactive performances in 50 schools across London, of the new work.

Visit the Trench Brothers website to find out more about the project.

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