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Blyth Battery

Educational Visits at Blyth Battery

Blyth Battery offers a range of educational services, including site visits with guided tours, curriculum-linked practical activities, handling collections and outreach sessions in the classroom. Explore military buildings, experience life in the Home Guard, and discover how the north-east coast was defended.

From 1st March 2013 we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £1.00 per child. This will help towards the costs of running educational visits and maintaining Blyth Battery for future generations

"This is a fantastic educational resource which allows children to enjoy hands on practical activities to secure their understanding of their history" - Year 3 Teacher, Ringway First School

What does an Educational Visit include?

Educational visits are tailored to suit the group and can last either a full day or a half day.

A typical visit for KS2/3 is based on Life in the Homeguard - the visit begins with a role play exercise based on military marching drills, and then continues with a guided tour of the Battery buildings, giving pupils an opportunity to explore the recently restored spaces. The guided tour tells the story of the Battery from the moment an enemy ship appears on the horizon, to the firing of the guns and replenishing of ammunition stocks. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions throughout the guided tour.

The visit continues with practical activities based on home guard training, designed to encourage teamwork and communication, and to bring the site and period to life. Activities include target practice, sending secret messages, potato grenades, firefighting, and handling objects from World War Two. A group will be split into smaller groups and circulated around two or three of these activities.

For KS4 visits, we work closely with the school to produce a programme specific to the needs of your students and the unit of work they are following, often stressing key skill development and cross-curricular links. Please get in touch with Blyth Battery to discuss the specific needs of your KS4 visit.

To book your visit please contact

Links to the National Curriculum

All activities and workshops on offer have links to the National Curriculum for History, and many have links to other areas of the curriculum such as Literacy. Activities also offer pupils the opportunity to develop Key Skills such as teamwork and communication.

Additional Resources

Click on the links below to download resources to use in the classroom before or after your visit

New Delaval Primary School visited Blyth Battery during the Autumn term - read their blog here

Defending our port