Learning From Home

Visiting Us

The National Memorial Arboretum will remain open to pre-booked visitors from the local area for outdoor exercise. People visiting the Arboretum must follow the latest government guidance relating to travel and social distancing, and anyone advised to self-isolate or shield should not visit the site at this time.

Access to the Arboretum will be via the Remembrance Centre where our visitor toilets remain available. A limited take-away service is available from our Coffee Shop kiosk.

We are currently unable to offer dine-in options in our Restaurant and our talks and tours are unavailable. Our Gift Shop is closed. 

Further information about the measures currently in place at the Arboretum can be found by following the link below.

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Learning and engagement is at the heart of what we do at the National Memorial Arboretum. We are home to over 400 memorials, each with their own stories to tell, as well as a diverse woodland landscape.

Please find below a selection of materials that we invite you to use from home, and we hope you will join us at the Arboretum to continue your learning.

Key Stage 2

Memorial to the British Evacuees close up

Second World War Rationing

Before the start of the Second World War, Britain imported around two-thirds of its food. After war was declared in September 1939 the British Government had to reduce the amount of imported food as German submarines began attacking British supply ships. Download this activity pack to learn more about the rationing timeline, 1940's meal planning and the spirit of 'Make Do and Mend'.
Second World War Rationing Activity Sheet
Image of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Memorial

The Art of Remembrance

In times of conflict or disruption, artists and designers are also employed to help support the country’s response and those serving for their country. Discover some of the ways that art and design is used in times of disruption.
The Art Of Remembrance Activity Sheet
A selection of drums

Music and Remembrance

Every day at 11am, we hold a short Act of Remembrance in our Chapel which includes the playing of a piece of music known as The Last Post. This piece, normally performed on a bugle or trumpet, has become the most well known piece of music associated with Remembrance. This activity gives you the chance to compose your own musical call to signal a message.
Music and Remembrance The Last Post Worksheet Activity Sheet

Key Stage 3

Image of The Royal Army Medical Corps Memorial

Medicine, Conflict and Emergencies

In times of conflict, scientists and medical professionals often have to develop new treatments and medicines. This activity looks at the major medical treatments and processes developed in times of conflict or national emergencies, and how they went on to benefit the Nation.
Medicine Conflict Emergencies Worksheet Activity Sheet
A orange butterfly on purple flowers

Garden Species and Sampling

At the National Memorial Arboretum, we are really proud of our diverse natural environment and the plants and animals that call it home. This activity will teach you about the scientific concept of sampling through the use of a piece of equipment called a quadrat.
Garden Species and Sampling Worksheet Activity Sheet
Image of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Memorial

The Art of Remembrance

In times of conflict or disruption, artists and designers are also employed to help support the country’s response and those serving for their country. Discover some of the ways that art and design is used in times of disruption.
The Art Of Remembrance Activity Sheet
A selection of drums

Music and Remembrance

Every day at 11am, we hold a short Act of Remembrance in our Chapel which includes the playing of a piece of music known as The Last Post. This piece, normally performed on a bugle or trumpet, has become the most well known piece of music associated with Remembrance. This activity gives you the chance to compose your own musical call to signal a message.
Music and Remembrance The Last Post Worksheet Activity Sheet

Key Dates

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked each year on 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

 

The day encourages people to come together around the nation in remembering those who suffered as a result of Nazi persecution and in the Holocaust, or through subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

 

Learn more about this key January date, Memorial Flames and Anne Frank by downloading our worksheets below.


KS2 Activity Worksheet KS3 Activity Worksheet

VE Day

On 7 May 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe was over. On 8 May, people in Britain and across the world celebrated Victory in Europe, also known as VE Day. Discover more about the Second World War and VE Day at home by using the worksheets below.

VE Day KS3 Pack VE Day Adults Activity Pack VE Day KS2 Pack

VJ Day

Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marked the day that Japan surrendered in the Second World War, bringing about the end of the conflict. This came several months after Victory in Europe Day (VE Day).

Use the resources below to discover more about those who fought in the Far East. Our activity packs, developed in partnership with The Royal British Legion, and guided walks will explore the story of the "Forgotten Fourteenth". Comprising a million people from across the Commonwealth, the Fourteenth Army was one of the most diverse forces in history. 

VJ Day Child Activity Pack VJ Day Activity Pack VJ Day Quiz Pack
VJ Day Exhibition Tile 7

Explore Our Online VJ Day Exhibition

Visualising History: Remembering The Forgotten Army is a new exhibition by illustrator and researcher Kremena Dimitrova. The exhibition tells the story of the Fourteenth Army in the Burma Campaign and investigates the lasting legacy of the multicultural army.

 
View the Exhibition
The Royal British Legion

Teaching Remembrance

You can also explore Remembrance in school and at home using learning resources from The Royal British Legion’s Teaching Remembrance Hub. Free to download, they offer lessons, assemblies and activities to engage children aged 4-16 in discovering, discussing and understanding the enduring importance of Remembrance.
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