Westminster Abbey History Tour
31 January 2012
Pupils were recently invited to partake in a special WW1 day at Westminster Abbey. The boys enjoyed a tour of the Abbey as well as a work session based on WW1 poetry. The boys were fortunate to be guided around the Abbey by an actor portraying Reverend David Railton, the man who commissioned the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (although it did take some of the boys a while to work out that they were not being guided round by a 140 year old man!).
They saw many interesting sites in the Abbey and learnt about a variety of different people and events that have been linked to the Abbey over its long history. During the poetry session the boys studied the work of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen as they explored the harrowing tales from the trenches penned by these magnificent poets. As always the boys exhibited exemplary behaviour and the school has been congratulated by members of the Abbey staff on the way that they held themselves throughout the morning.
One student commented:
"we had an excellent time, we never realised there was so much history so close to our school".
Mr Abbott - History Subject Leader