Personal stories about the Battle of Arnhem are central to the programme for primary schools. The pupils are given room to independently investigate.
Classes are welcomed in the educational room with an interactive introduction. The programme also ends in this room. Afterwards, the Airborne War Cemetery can be visited, if desired with a guide.
Below you can find the programmes for primary schools.
FULL OF STORIES
The Briefcases full of Stories educational programme was developed for children in the last two or three years of primary school (from 10 years old) and the first year of secondary school.
For years: 5, 6, 7 & 8
Work: independent; joint introduction and conclusion
Duration: 2 hours (including the visit to the Airborne Experience)
Price: € 4,50 per pupil (minimum of € 90 per group)
Max. number of pupils: 35 per group
The visit to the museum
The pupils and their escorts are welcomed to the Airborne Museum by a volunteer of the Educational Service. Together, they watch the introductory film in the educational room. Then the briefcase project is explained, after which the pupils investigate the museum in pairs. Each pair is given a briefcase containing a variety of clues related to the unique story of an eyewitness to the Battle of Arnhem. They learn, in a playful and challenging way, the story of some children who were between 8 and 16 years old at the time of the Battle of Arnhem and of some German and English soldiers. There are eleven different briefcases (additional briefcases are available for larger groups). After 45-50 minutes, the pupils return to the educational room, where the adventures with the briefcases are briefly discussed.
Finally, the pupils and their escorts visit the Airborne Experience. The pupils can look back on an exciting museum visit that lasted approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The allied soldiers who died during and after the Battle of Arnhem are buried in the Airborne War Cemetery, which was designed according to the rules of the British Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Many stories are tied to this extraordinary place, and it provides an insight into the battle’s impact in a very forceful way.
For years: 7 & 8
Work: independent visit (with assignments) to or a tour of the Airborne War Cemetery in Oosterbeek; pupils are given assignments
Duration: 30-60 minutes
Price: € 15 per group
Max. number of pupils: no maximum/20 pupils per guide
An independent visit is possible. It is also possible to visit the cemetery with a guide (a staff member of the Airborne Museum) after an educational programme in the museum.