Early in 2014 St Andrew’s CE Primary School received a grant of £10,000 on behalf of MADCOS from the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring the experience of Maghull during the 1st World War to life. St Andrew’s CE was chosen as the school itself was built as a memorial to those who died in the Great War.
In our unique video below local historian and battlefield guide Bruce Hubbard tells the story of Maghull’s Great War to St Andrew’s pupils. You can read Bruce’s transcript of St Andrew’s School Log Book during the war years by following the link on the right.
Each school has been given a curriculum pack which is based on the lives of real people in Maghull and access to fabulous boxes of artefacts and costumes (see links on right). Pupils from both primary and high schools have seen a play by Quantum Theatre entitled “Your Country Needs you”, and a shorter locally based play has been written by Maghull High’s Head of History, Paul Eatock, for schools to act out themselves (see link on right).
Children across MADCOS have enjoyed a series of WW1 singing workshops and even made special WW1 cakes in cookery workshops. The project culminated with a service of remembrance at St Andrew’s church in November 2014. But a lasting legacy remains as each school will use the curriculum resources to teach WW1 as a local history project in years to come.
You can read about and see some of these activities through the other project links on this page.