Learning & Engagement - 14-18 NOW

Learning & Engagement

14-18 NOW is presenting the iconic poppy sculptures Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at selected locations around the UK until 2018.

The Learning and Engagement programme supports schools and teachers through bespoke resources, tailored Teacher CPD and digital media workshops that develop creative skills in response to the artworks and foster a deeper understanding of the First World War.

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.

To find out more about 14-18 NOW learning activities, contact us at learning@1418now.org.uk

Learning Resources

Y Senedd, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff

“It’s not just using the technology, it’s the journey of storytelling and the power of speech and language used to deliver their opinions that the children will take away.”

Mari Wyn Gooberman
Education and Youth Engagement Manager
National Assembly for Wales


CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial

“I was impressed to see how quickly the children became engaged – they leave the session with new skills, knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm. It’s given me an appreciation of how digital media can help to explore different topics including the First World War”

Class Teacher


Ulster Museum, Belfast

“It was a unique experience for pupils to have the chance to use kit that they would not otherwise have access to, and learn from professionals. It built confidence and you could see a change in the children from the time that they walked in, to the time that they left the workshops”.

Joanne Fyffe, Learning Team, Ulster Museum


The Silk Mill, Derby

“The workshops were a great way to develop relationships with organisations across the city and provide hands-on, creative opportunities for pupils to learn about their local history.” 

Alix Manning-Jones
Cultural Education Producer
Derby Theatre


Barge Pier, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea

“It was great for our younger students to learn about the Poppies: Wave through the use of digital media. The hands on approach gave them a tool to question and promote understanding about their local history and themes surrounding the First World War. It helps to establish links for when they re-visit these topics back in the classroom”.

Sharon Byrne
Learning and Engagement Curator
Focal Point Gallery


Hull Maritime Museum

“The digital workshops were excellent; engaging local children with the significance of the Poppies sculpture and developing their understanding about its representation of the First World War both nationally and locally”.

Zoe Martin
Heritage Learning Education Programme Developer
Hull Museums


Caernarfon Castle

“It’s been really useful for the students to have this opportunity to come out of school and take part in these practical workshops. This experience is so valuable for their own studies.”

Rob Hughes
Head of Dept
Llandrillo College


The Black Watch Museum, Perth

The workshops were a brilliant way for local schools to engage with the meaning of the poppies, the First World War and their local history.”

Shonagh Lowerson-Head
Learning and Audiences Officer
The Black Watch Castle and Museum


Lincoln Castle

Filmmaking is a fantastic way of engaging young people in learning, especially around a challenging subject like the First World War, it is something we will definitely be doing again.”

Sally Bleasdale
Learning Manager
Lincoln Castle




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