Third Form History Trip – The Somme Heritage Centre

On Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December Grosvenor’s Form Three pupils were afforded the opportunity to visit the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards as part of their study into World War One in History.

The centre examines Ireland’s role in World War One, focusing in particular on the role of three local volunteer divisions: the 10th and 16th Irish Divisions, as well as the 36th Ulster Division.

The visit saw pupils transported back in time to 1910 and the Home Rule Crisis, while they also learned about recruitment for the war, training, and the reality of life in the trenches.  Highlights on the tour included experiencing life as a World War One soldier through reconstructed Somme Trenches and visiting a recruitment office where pupils were “signed up” for the war.

On behalf of its third form pupils, Grosvenor wishes to thank everybody at the Somme Heritage Centre who provided such an informative and educational series of tours during the week, as well as the School’s History Department, led by Mr Darren Tomkins and also containing Mrs Andria Peel and Ms Cheryl Lynch, whose careful organization made the trips possible. 

Members of 3N get "signed up" for war during a visit to the recruitment office at The Somme Heritage Centre