On the 24th September a group of year 11 history students went up to London to stay a night on the HMS Belfast. Before the trip we were a bit sceptical of what this might entail and for many this was the first time sleeping on a boat of this size. When we arrived in London we dropped our bags off on the boat, which was situated by Tower Bridge, it looked spectacular at night. We then walked along the river to Pizza Express and enjoyed a three course meal consisting of the famous dough balls for many and of course pizza. After our meal we walked along the river and enjoyed the city night life and even watched the ending of the Sound of Music in an open air cinema. On our return to HMS Belfast we had a quick safety briefing and were shown to our bunks, which were creaky metal beds which were surprisingly comfortable.
After as much sleep as possible, with some occurrences during the night, we had breakfast in the mess room, where the sailors and inhabitants of the boat would also have eaten. We had a talk about the life on board HMS Belfast and her involvement in the Seconds World War and the Korean War. We also meet some of the children who had been internees during the Second World War they had returned to HMS Belfast to commemorate the tea party they had had on board to celebrate the end of the war 60 years earlier.
We spent the rest of the day at Imperial War Museum, where we learnt more about the The Holocaust and the frightening way that Hitler was eventually able to dominate Germany. The Holocaust Exhibition and workshop gave us an insight into the impact of the Holocaust on the lives the Jewish people. The exhibition was absorbing the abhorrent reality of the Holocaust was apparent. The workshop focused on the personal stories, we learnt a lot and it put everything into perspective.
We then had the opportunity to explore the Imperial War Museum and visit other exhibitions connected to our GCSE studies. This school trip gave us the opportunity to extend our GCSE studies by using artefacts and first hand accounts.
Year 11 Historian