Explore the museum’s powerful exhibits, share in an Act of Remembrance, and develop a knowledge and understanding of the world by writing poems of war and peace with the Scottish Poetry Library.

This workshop is run in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library and Historic Environment Scotland.

Level: Second (P5-P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 4.5 hours starting at 10:00
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Tue 25 to Thu 27 Oct 2016 & Mon 31 Oct to Fri 4 Nov 2016.

Booking: Complete our booking request form to arrange a visit. 

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

This full-day session focuses on the First World War and is a unique opportunity to expand young people’s awareness of the human tragedy of all war and allow them to bear witness, through poetry, in their own unique and personal way.

The workshop takes place in one of the Edinburgh Castle learning spaces and is led by two professional poets. Students will work in this space but also have a chance to explore the National War Museum and the National War Memorial as part of their day.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Take part in an act of remembrance at the National War Memorial.
  • Record personal responses to a range of primary sources, objects and museum displays.
  • Use these responses to create their own piece of remembrance poetry.

Follow up activities

Curriculum links




Social Studies



I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish history.



I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.

SOC 2-06a




I can use my notes and other types of writing to help me understand information and ideas, explore problems, make decisions, generate and develop ideas or create new text.

I recognise the need to acknowledge my sources and can do this appropriately.

LIT 2-25a



By considering the type of text I am creating, I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience.


Explore more

National War Museum

The story of Scotland at war. Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle the National War Museum tells the story of battles lost and won, through military artefacts and personal treasures.

First World War

1914 brought war to Scotland on what would prove to be an unprecedented scale. Delve into the stories behind those who fought in the First World War here.
Contact Us

National War Museum
0131 247 4041