Historians impressed by Battle of Waterloo diorama

On Monday a select group of 6.1s visited the Royal Green Jackets Museum in Winchester, housed within the spectacular army barracks, to look at the excellent diorama of the Battle of Waterloo. On entering we realised that there was an amazing opportunity to try on the original uniforms of the Green Jackets throughout the ages. Peter chose a 120 year old jacket worn by drummers and Bella decided on a WW2 motorbike greatcoat. After selecting our spectacular outfits we explored the museum, trying our hand at shooting replica rifles in a shooting game, sitting at a war cabinet, and finally arriving at the model room. The diorama itself was gigantic, with an audio tour explaining all the regiments and taking us chronologically through the battle. It was a very interesting experience providing a deeper understanding of the events of that historic day which liberated Europe from Napoleon’s iron grip. On leaving the museum we wandered to a wonderful tea shop to relax and refill after an intense learning experience. The crew returned to school feeling very positive about the visit. Having visited the museum, we felt that it would make an excellent post-AS History visit, as it is was a wonderful mixture of learning and fun, and an excellent treat which everyone should have the privilege of experiencing.

By  Juliette Perry, 6.1

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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