WW1 – 1916 at Culzean

Culzean’s WW1 day long workshop is inspired by 8 June 1916, when children from Kirkoswald Primary School walked 5 miles from Kirkoswald to Culzean in order to meet wounded soldiers at Glenside Station, Culzean. The pupils accompanied the soldiers to the Home Farm, of which part was a made into a convalescent hospital. They were also welcomed into the castle by the Marchioness Isabella. After this visit they marched the 7 miles back to school.

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The WW1 workshop at Culzean is a packed day of activities and interactive sessions, including meeting the Marchioness and helping Ms Gillies, the Housekeeper, with some of her duties in the kitchen.

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The pupils have the opportunity of seeing what the convalescent hospital would have been like and learn all about life and work as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) member, by taking part in some of their responsibilities, including bandaging.

Through active participation the pupils learn about what life was like in the trenches and what was involved in soldier recruitment. They are immersed in the experience in the Stone Barn, where they, as soldiers, write letters home to their families and learn about life in the trenches. To finish the day off they take part in drill under our Sergeant Major, and learn about early 20th century military strictness!

We have some dates left in the next few weeks. The last session available is on 9 March 2017.

Please contact culzeancountrypark@nts.org.uk or 01655 884400 if you’d like further information and to book.

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