Posted: 07 January 2019

Where Should We Go On a History School Trip in 2019?

Keen to take your students on a trip back in time next year, but not sure where to go? Here are our top recommendations for school history trips in 2019/20:

WW1 battlefields

WW1 Battlefields

A great and very informative trip, well worth it. It gave our pupils a very small snapshot of what the soldiers would have experienced during WW1. I cannot recommend it highly enough.The Sacred Heart Language College, WW1, February 2018

As well as studying the history of the First World War itself, the WW1 battlefields are also the ideal setting for your students to learn more about how war forced some incredible developments in medicine.

A school trip to Ypres, in Belgium, will help your students understand some of the challenges that was posed for medics in the battlefields, from medical issues caused by conditions in the trenches, to horrific injuries from the ever-developing weapons, and mental illness.

They’ll visit dressing stations and see where soldiers recuperated. And they’ll learn how innovation and experimentation were the key to treating the vast numbers of injured soldiers.

Berlin

Berlin

We had an amazing time in Berlin – so much so that students are already talking about going back there.Bosworth Academy, Berlin, March 2018

Berlin is a perennial favourite for school history tours, which is hardly surprising given the sheer number of historical visits and activities available in and around the city.

In November 2019, the city will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall and the beginning of Deutsche Einheit (German Unity).

A number of events will be taking place in Berlin during this time, including a special concert and a multimedia exhibition on the city during the nineties, in the immediate aftermath of the Fall of the Wall.

This would be the perfect time to take your students to Berlin, to gain a deeper understanding of what the Wall meant, and still means to Germans.

2020 will also be the 100th anniversary of Hitler’s entry into politics, as he began working full-time for the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party). Although Munich was the party’s base, Berlin is a fantastic destination to learn more about the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party.

Krakow

Krakow

A must see and worthwhile trip for all students to experience one of history’s darkest moments. Krakow is a lovely city in its own right.Bishop Rawstorne CE Academy, Krakow, October 2018

Krakow remains hugely popular among our history school groups, especially when visited in conjunction with Berlin and this looks set to remain the case into 2019/20.

A history school trip to Krakow of course offers the unforgettable opportunity for students to visit Auschwitz to gain a better understanding of the devastating scale of the Holocaust.

And we can even arrange for your students to meet a recipient of the Righteous Among the Nations honorific, who will give them an eyewitness account of life under the Nazis.

If you would like further information on these, or any of our school history trips, please don't hesitate to contact us

Other historical anniversaries to look out for in 2019/20:

•16th October 1919 – Adolf Hitler gives his first speech for the German Workers’ Party (DAP)

•17th November – King George V proclaims Armistice Day (later Remembrance Day) The idea is first suggested by Edward George Honey.

•10th January 1920 – Treaty of Versailles comes into effect, officially ending WW1

•10th February 1920 – General Józef Haller first performs Poland’s Wedding to the Sea, a symbolic celebration of the restitution of Polish access to the Baltic Sea

•24th February 1920 – Adolf Hitler presents his National Socialist Program in Munich to the German Workers’ Party, which renames itself as the Nazi Party

•13th – 17th March 1920 – Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Lüttwitz’s Kapp Putsch (an attempted coup in Germany) briefly ousts the Weimar Republic government from Berlin but fails due to public resistance and a general strike

•9th May 1945 – the Channel Islands, the only occupied part of the British Isles, are liberated after five years of German occupation

•18th June 1940 – Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ speech

•16th August 1945 – Churchill, now Leader of the Opposition, speaks of an Iron Curtain descending across Europe

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