Paul Thun’s Feet Thun’s Feet

In Paul’s Diary we learned about how far he had to march and the effect this had on his feet. The relevant extract is included below: ‘… During the evening we reached a bigger town. We were not to get into our quarters but had to march up a hill to defend this, as the French were supposed to attack us. We could not see anybody. A lot of valuable…Keep Reading

Renate tells us about Paul Thuns tells us about Paul Thuns

In this session we learned about Paul Thuns from Renate, his great niece who lives in Sawston. She showed us a map of where Paul had been based, and told us the following information about him: Paul Thuns was born in 1891 in Peterswaldau/Silesia, now in Poland. He had 4 siblings: Karl and Emil, Bertha and Selma. Paul was the youngest in the Thuns Family. He trained as a shopkeeper/tradesman….Keep Reading

Trip to the Imperial War Museum, London to the Imperial War Museum, London

We had a great trip to the Imperial War Museum and we were really pleased that the community members who have been working with us on the project were able to join us. Sean Lang has been to the museum many times so was able to lead us to the correct entrance. We had to leave our lunches and bags and then we split into two groups. One group went…Keep Reading

Getting ready for our trip to London ready for our trip to London

In this session we looked at some paintings from WW1 painting and discussed the works together. We discussed the messages that the works conveyed and then also the styles the works had been created in. We then worked to create our own works of art, using both writing and drawing. To make our works we followed the template below given to us by a member of staff. Decision 1: Message…Keep Reading

Karen tells us more about Harry Clarke tells us more about Harry Clarke

Karen told us more about her grandfather Harry Clarke in our last session. She last saw her grandfather at a family wedding in 1968 and he died in 1975 at the age of 90. Harry Clarke was born on 4 January 1885. He had two older sisters and a younger sister although Karen thinks the younger sister must have died. The 1911 census apparently shows Harry living with his mother…Keep Reading

Recollections of the Truce of the Truce

In our final project session before Christmas we looked at an article published in The Observer on 19 December 2004 which included Alfred Anderson’s recollections of the Christmas Truce. Then 108 and living alone in Perthshire, Alfred had been 18 at the time of the Truce and billeted with his unit, the 5th Battalion The Black Watch, in a dilapidated farmhouse. He was away from the front so did not…Keep Reading

Sculpture Project gets underway Project gets underway

We had a meeting to discuss what we need to consider when thinking about designs for our planned sculpture in the Principal’s Garden. Our aim is to have the sculpture commemorate WW1 and so it was important to begin by looking at other commemorative works of art. Our session was led by Assistant Principal James Woodcock. We were also joined by some members of the South Cambridgeshire Decorative and Fine…Keep Reading

Thinking like Sherlock like Sherlock

With Christmas fast approaching we discussed the Christmas Truce of 1914 in our most recent session. This came about as we’d all recently seen the Sainsbury’s Christmas advertisement which focuses on the Truce and the football match which is supposed to have taken place, and we were keen to discuss whether we thought it right to use such an event to promote a supermarket. Discussion of this then led us…Keep Reading

We learn about Harry Clarke learn about Harry Clarke

In our recent session we learned from Karen about her grandfather Harry Clarke. From an interview with the local paper in January 1919, we discovered that Harry had been taken prisoner on Christmas day in 1914. He had been one of a group of about 14 who had got cut off. From where they were, they could hear the German soldiers about 50 yards away. They used up all their…Keep Reading

Our Trailer is here!

Our Trailer is here!

We’re really pleased that we’ve finished our trailer for our project. We hope you like it.