Saturday, 24 April 2010

Lyness visit

Both p7 classes took a ferry ride to Lyness this week. Our mission was to explore and find out about Lyness and Orkney during the wars - World War II in particular.

We started with a walk to the cemetery where we studied the information on many war graves. We were very impressed with how well kept and tidy the cemetery is. It was sad to see how many people had died and surprising to see how many different nationalities there were. The young ages of the casualties gave us plenty to think about. Reading the inscriptions makes everything more real and meaningful to us.

We've never seen James move as fast as when his papers blew away! He caught them but oh dear he didn't watch where he was going! Hope you got you shoes cleaned James!
There is a film show and many interesting exhibits inside the giant oil tank. It was fascinating to hear our voices echo in there too.

Inside the museum there are many boards, displays and interactive exhibits to study. Some people's favourite part was trying on the clothes and uniforms.

Outside the museum we spent some trying trying to identify pieces of equipment from parts of photographs. It was a bit like a treasure hunt. Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn't manage to see the air raid shelter. See more images in the slide show below.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Aren't we lucky to have all that history on our doorstep! You'll just need to go back another day!!

Tina Smith

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