OUR Year 10 Historians had an action-packed day in London this week!

Fifty enthusiastic GCSE History students visited the capital on July 4th, where they enjoyed exploring the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Imperial War Museum.

Colin Currie, Head of History at King’s Ely Senior, said: “Our first stop was the Old Operating Theatre Museum, where we were treated by our guide to a brilliant exposition of Victorian medicine in its grizzly detail. Rory B volunteered to have his leg ‘amputated’, as our guide vividly acted out and described the procedure, with the rest of us looking down from the theatre terraces. Afterwards, pupils explored the interesting collections in the museum pertaining to nineteenth century medicine.

“We then moved on to the Imperial War Museum, where highlights included the immensely popular World War One exhibit, the poignant Holocaust Museum, which has recently been revamped, and the collection of historical military hardware on display, including a Spitfire and a V2 rocket.

“The day finished with an excellent history of medicine walking tour, where our very knowledgeable guides took us through the story of medicine through the sites of West London. We finished at the broad street pump, which was famously disabled by John Snow in 1854, thus ending the cholera outbreak there.

“I would like to thank the pupil historians for their good conduct and company throughout. I would also like to thank the staff, Mr Foster and Ms Thomas, for their much-appreciated assistance and camaraderie, and especially Mrs Jackson, who organised and led the trip.”

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