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First World War history brought to life in Sunderland schools

Paul White, who is launching a new history workshop, dressed as a First World War army private soldier in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, pictured at the war memorial in Washington Village.

Paul White, who is launching a new history workshop, dressed as a First World War army private soldier in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, pictured at the war memorial in Washington Village.

A HISTORY buff from Washington is bringing the life of a First World War soldier into the classroom.

Paul White has been running company Class History for the last eight years, creating and delivering historical interactive stories in Wearside classrooms.

The 45-year-old dresses in full costume, covering significant historical events dating back to Roman times.

Paul’s latest session commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, taking inspiration from his grandfather, Alex Burgess, who served in the 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

The character in the workshop is loosely based on his grandfather, who was from Hexham, and served on the Western Front in the war.

Paul said: “My grandad served at Gallipoli on the Western Front and survived.”

He has previously visited schools and museums across the region, and been asked to deliver a series of workshops by the British Museum.

Paul added: “Over the years I have created and delivered workshops for Tyne & Wear museums, primary schools up and down the country, but the pinnacle was when the British Museum asked me to deliver a series of workshops for their touring Ancient Greek exhibition that came to the South Shields Museum.”

Paul’s workshops are designed for Key Stage Two level children and includes an interactive show and tell, question and answer sessions and the opportunity to dress up in character from time to time.

The workshops are available to be booked now. Anyone interested is asked to contact Paul on 447 3086 or 07975 541864, or email at whitehalifax@sky.com.

More information on Paul’s work can be found at www.classhistory.moonfruit.com.

 

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