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Waterloo 200 Celebrations

posted 1 Jul 2015, 06:36 by khunt@millbrookacademy.org   [ updated 2 Jul 2015, 05:10 ]

In February the History department was asked by the organising committee for commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo if we would like to take part in the school’s research programme. It did not take long for us to say yes. Only 200 school were asked to take part in the project and we are the only school in Gloucestershire to have taken part in this research project.

Miss Rawlings choose 8F3 to work on the research project as this would allow them to gain valuable experience as Historians.

The class were given the name of a soldier who had fought at the Battle of Waterloo and who had a connection to the local area. We were given Ensign John Birtwistle, a young man at the time of the battle, who was a member of the Cornwall Regiment, which was incorporated into the 32nd Foot (part of the infantry).

The students were tasked to research Ensign Birtwistle and to also choose 10 artefacts from the Waterloo collection from the British Army Museum. The students used a variety of research tools including the internet to find out about Ensign Birtwistle’s part in the Battle of Waterloo and his subsequent career.

The students work has now been published in an ebook to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, you can visit the ebook through the school’s webpage.

Furthermore Miss Rawlings was invited along with 1 student from the school to the national celebrations at St. Paul’s Cathedral on 18th June. Oscar Balgobin was chosen to accompany Miss Rawlings to the ceremony.

At the ceremony guests were entertained by the pipers of the Scots Guards and Gentleman of the Royal Household were in attendance to help guests. The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Prime Minster and other MP’s and representatives of the countries involved in the Battle of Waterloo were all present. Students were able to take part in a once in a lifetime event and were given a commemorative book to take away with them about the Battle of Waterloo.
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