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World War One Artefact box

(Also now available as a zoom workshop, either with the box or as a standalone)

Step into the boots of a WW1 'Tommy' soldier with this

unique kit bag full of high quality replica (and some genuine) items

Welcome to our WW1 topic box, containing a replica British Tommy soldier's pack with this huge collection of both real and replica artefacts for hire straight to your school to enhance your teaching and your pupils' learning.  


This contains the most items in all of our boxes and is a one-off, meaning we only have this single rare box!  It is based on the character of Mr B's Grandad, Richard Donaldson, who was a stretcher bearer in the First World War.  Doing this has allowed us to take a unique approach to this box as it requires no weapons and allows us to focus purely on a soldier's existence from a first aid point of view, while also allowing us to include a medical pack and the associated items. Like our WW2 box, it is perfect for many activities using our associated WW1 lesson plans.  

Artefacts in this box

  • Soldier's kit bag for pupils to wear 'Mess tin' for soldier's food

  • Several tins of food (weighted with no real food inside, for safety)

  • 'Tommy cooker' soldier's stove

  • Wash roll, containing:
    - toothbrush
    - tooth powder
    - 'Button stick'
    - flea powder
    - candle
    - Toilet paper
    - mirror
    - shaving brush
    - comb
    - spare leather laces
    - knife and fork (safe edges)
    - soap
    - show brush

  • Princess Mary tin (genuine,1914) with replica tobacco and photos

  • Oxo tin with cubes

  • Bag of hard tack biscuits

  • Medical pack containing:
    - (modern) bandages to use
    - replica WW1 bandages (sealed)
    - chocolate
    - stretcher bearer's armband

  • Soldier's trnch cap and badge

  • Access to all our 360 views, lesson plans and online video 

ww1 mess tin.jpg

You are also welcome to let each pupil try the pack on along with the included cap, with a genuine WW1 RAMC badge on it to really step into the shoes of a WW1 soldier by feeling the weight they carried to the trenches.

The amount of items in this topic box make this our best value box and would cost many hundres of pounds if you had to purchase them to use in school.


Particular highlights are the real Princess Mary tin with it's replica contents and pictures of the Royal Family; a 'wash roll' with all the contents required to keep a soldier clean and (hopefully) free from disease; a set of replica food tins which exactly match a day's trench rations and many more items that are all explained in the accompanying video.

So what are you waiting for?  If you are doing the topic this year and looking for a WW1 teaching resource book it now to bring this special period in history alive for your pupils!

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