Useful links - General educational resources

The Gallipoli Association is a mine of information about the Campaign.  The ‘On this day‘ feature would be useful for teachers looking for ideas for lessons and assemblies.  For more detailed research, members can join a Forum, receive a Journal and attend a conference.  There is a special membership rate for schools.

The Imperial War Museum has a learning resource about Gallipoli, with a useful variety of sources of evidence (documents, photos, film, audio) as well as a downloadable PowerPoint and suggested activities.

The Imperial War Museum’s ‘Voices of the First World War‘ website has a useful 22 minute podcast (and illustrated transcription) telling the story of the Campaign through the voices of soldiers who were there. The ‘Lives of the First World War‘ website has a section called ‘Beyond the Western Front‘ which includes a downloadable resource on John Simpson Kirkpatrick who fought at Gallipoli.

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme has useful teaching resources and a 12 minute downloadable podcast which gives a succinct description of the Gallipoli Campaign.

The BBC offers a good range of learning resources related to the First World War.  One that particularly caught our eye was their BBC School Report, giving instructions on how to plan and deliver a radio report on a battlefield visit – see here.  There is also an aerial film of the Gallipoli peninsula, from a drone.

My Learning is an online teaching resource developed by arts, cultural and heritage organisations.  They have developed First World War Centenary resources including activity ideas from primary source material.

Alpha History has a comprehensive educational site covering the First World War.  The graphics section is particularly good.

We have come across two video introductions to Gallipoli which are particularly accessible for young people. Groovy Historian discusses whether the Gallipoli Campaign was a success or not with @HistoryGems in a 10 minute vodcast.  @HistoryGems has its own introduction to Gallipoli here.

See the National Archives for a short background to the Campaign, with some useful documents and transcripts.

Spartacus Educational has a short account of the Campaign, including a clear map and several primary sources.

 RTÉ – Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster – has published a very useful website on Gallipoli, not just the Irish experience but overviews of many aspects of the Campaign.  The education section has links to other sites, and there is a mass of information for historical background, including video and audio interviews, diaries, eyewitness accounts and a gallery.

In Wales, the government’s hwb website is a central home for a wide range of educational resources, with a section on the First World War from a Welsh perspective.  Although there’s very little on Gallipoli, there are useful general teaching resources, especially on maps and propaganda, including PowerPoints and lesson plans.

The British Army has a centenary programme for schools including an offer for a soldier to visit a school.  See here for their material on Gallipoli.

The McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock has worked with teachers at St. Stephen’s High School in Port Glasgow to write a teaching pack with practical classroom ideas and activities.  The pack was developed as part of a wider project and covers the whole First World War, but has a strong focus on Gallipoli, where many of the local soldiers went as part of the 5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Creative approaches

The Gallipoli Music Memorial has some useful resources for schools developing activities around a group of poets and musicians who went to Gallipoli.

The Poetry Society has some useful teaching resources linked to the First World War Centenary, including practical guidance on writing poetry.

The University of Stirling ran a creative writing competition for Scottish schools: ‘Creating Gallipoli’.  The winners were announced in February 2016.

The Last Post Project is featuring Gallipoli in 2015 and is based around the idea of playing the Last Post on any instrument: more information here.  You can download a resource pack, which includes music scores for may First World War songs.

Never Such Innocence is a charity which aims to raise awareness of the First World War, and especially the Commonwealth contribution, through the arts. It runs a poetry competition for 9-16 year olds and offers a play and various background resources, available through its website.

The Isle of Wight Rifles were at Gallipoli and a 2015-16 project looked at the experiences of some of the soldiers. In particular, the Quay Crafts group of artists developed ideas for art approaches to the subject and included further information about their inspiration and the techniques they used.

International perspectives

Australia, more than any other country, sees the Gallipoli Campaign as a founding moment in its national history and has invested heavily in educational resources.  See the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s resource and accompanying teachers notes.  The Australian Government has also developed comprehensive teachers’ notes about Gallipoli, as a reflection of Australian identity.

Australia has an alternative view too, in the shape of Honest History. This organisation describes its purpose: ‘We challenge the misuse of history to serve political or other agendas.’ There are many links to thought-provoking articles about history, including Gallipoli.  Although the site is fairly academic for school use, it would interest older students and teachers looking for alternative views.

The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, has opened a major new exhibition about Gallipoli, accompanied by a teaching resource which follows the Campaign from a New Zealand perspective, including soldiers’ stories and ideas for discussion and classroom activities.

The New Zealand Government has a programme of events running throughout the centenary of the First World War: WW100