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Learning & Engagement

14-18 NOW enabled schools and young people, families and local communities to develop an understanding of the First World War by providing learning opportunities linked to the artworks & matched to the National Curricula for England, Northern Ireland and Wales and Curriculum for Excellence for Scotland. We support both facilitated and self-directed activity linked to a number of 14-18 NOW projects including the Poppies Tour.

Peter Jackson THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

A new film by Peter Jackson

A new film by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) was commissioned as part of 14-18 NOW’s 2018 season. To support the film, exciting cross curricular educational resources will engage pupils in the human experience of war and provide a unique perspective on the 20th century’s most shocking conflict.

Pages of the Sea

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In November 2018, 14-18 NOW invited primary schools across the UK to take the lead from Danny Boyle’s commission Pages of the Sea to create their own artistic responses to mark the centenary year, by participating in a national schools endeavour.

14–18 NOW Commissions

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14-18 NOW worked with arts and heritage partners across the UK to commission new artworks from leading contemporary artists, musicians, designers and performers. Through our Learning and Engagement programme, we supported our partners to develop work which demonstrates the powerful impact of arts and heritage learning.

Take a look at some of the projects we have supported.

Poppies

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14-18 NOW presented the iconic poppy sculptures Poppies: Wave and Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at selected locations around the UK.

The Learning and Engagement programme supported schools and teachers through bespoke resources, tailored Teacher CPD and digital media workshops that developed creative skills in response to the artworks and fostered a deeper understanding of the First World War through the enduring symbol of the poppy.

Take a look at some of the films below, made by young people as part of their creative response workshops. Please note, this is entirely participant-led content capturing the opinions, reflections and voices of young visitors.

Featured Projects

End Of Empire

14-18 NOW enabled schools and young people, families and local communities to develop an understanding of the First World War by providing learning opportunities linked…

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Caernarfon Castle

14-18 NOW enabled schools and young people, families and local communities to develop an understanding of the First World War by providing learning opportunities linked…

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The Silk Mill, Derby

14-18 NOW enabled schools and young people, families and local communities to develop an understanding of the First World War by providing learning opportunities linked…

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The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics

14-18 NOW enabled schools and young people, families and local communities to develop an understanding of the First World War by providing learning opportunities linked…

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Learning Resources

Cross-curricular toolkits were developed to support both the Poppies Tour and 14-18 NOW commissions.

14-18 NOW is the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and learning is at the heart of everything we do. We believe in the transformative power of the arts to bring the stories of the First World War alive for a new generation.

Jenny Waldman
Director 14-18 NOW
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