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British Empire

Soldiers demonstrating a trench mortar

The British Empire is a contentious period of history that has come under increasing amounts of scrutiny. 

As a key subject for your Key Stage 3 pupils study of ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901 section of the National Curriculum and substantial portion of AQA, OCR and Edexcel GCSE specifications, the importance of this topic cannot be overstated.

KS3, KS4

Workshop Information

In this session, pupils will handle objects understand the importance of weapons in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and deepen their knowledge about this section of the British Empire’s history. Pupils will also explore the role of the British Empire in the First World War via our galleries. After which, they will re-design the displays in order to tell the story of the forces from around the world who fought on behalf of the British Empire.

See our British Empire Learning Resources for free videos, images and audio files to use with your pupils to enhance their learning.

Curriculum focus

History - Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.

AQA,  OCR and Edexcel GCSE specifications (please advise which exam board your school are using upon booking).

Gallery Links

Horses with armour and men wearing armour in a museum gallery
The War Gallery

War Gallery

Explore how the history of warfare has changed from the early days of hand-to-hand combat to today’s technology-based warfare, including our new display on the Second World War.

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Booking Information

Please contact us to make a booking or if you have any questions.

Email address


07785 692 443

Postal address

Education Team 
Royal Armouries Museum 
LS10 1LT 
United Kingdom

Learning packs and resources

RAM Teachers Pack 2023-24 (pdf, 764 KB)

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