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Edward Sullivan, know to his friends as Eddie, was just 18 when he joined the Essex Regiment and was sent to the front in 1914.

In this session pupils will develop a deep connection with Eddie and an understanding of life in the trenches. They will handle pieces of uniform and equipment Eddie would have used, read his letters and examine some of his personal belongings. 

Eddie was wounded 1916 but following his recovery he returned to the front. As we follow his story pupils will discover how both technology and equipment changed over the course of the war and roles within society.

In this session, pupils will:

  • Try on pieces of uniform Eddie would have worn in the trenches.
  • Handle different pieces of equipment he would have used, investigating how and why equipment and technology changed over the course of the war.
  • Examine first-hand sources including letters, documents, photographs and personal belongings that bring to life the realities of the war and its impact on both those on the front line and those on the home front.
  • Explore the impact and legacy of the war on technology and society as we look at the changing role of women and industry in Chelmsford during this time.
  • Consider the question: Is war ever worth it

National curriculum links

A study of an aspect of British history that extends pupil's chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Teacher feedback

“Excellent. Good variety of information. Fantastic having so many artefacts for the children.”

Beehive Lane Primary School


One class per session. For two classes or a whole day visit, combine this session with our new interactive digital museum trail. The trail will give your pupils an opportunity to explore the whole museum.

This session could also be combined with our Film makers  session, which will challenge your pupils to reflect on and respond to issues raised in this session.


We have indoor lunch space available, plus picnic benches and a children's play area in the park. The museum is fully accessible with a lift and an accessible toilet.