Schools offered World War One history lessons

Paul White

Paul White

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Historical workshops for schools are being held at Berwick Barracks to coincide with the centenary of World War One.

Ex-soldier Paul White, now a self-employed historical interpreter for Class History, hopes there will be lots of interest from local teachers and pupils.

“The workshop is designed for Key Stage 2 and 3 and is great as the children can see history jump out of the text book and being brought to life in front of them,” he explained.

Paul creates and delivers historical workshops for schools and museums.

“I basically accurately create a character in history and bring it to life through historically accurate costume, artefacts and interactive stories,” said Paul.

“Each session includes an interactive story, object handling, question and answers and photos plus lots of fun.”

Before he became a historical interpreter he served in the British Army with the Parachute Regiment.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for the King’s Own Scottish Borderers as my grandad served in the regiment in World War One and my dad in World War Two,” he revealed.

“I approached the KOSB Museum and barracks to see if they were interested in the new workshop I created based on the life of a soldier who served in the regiment at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914; it’s loosely based on my grandad.

“Ian Martin at the museum was very interested and has allowed me to use one of his rooms.”

The one hour long workshops will be held every Thursday in April but possibly other days depending on demand.

To book, contact Paul on 0191 4473086 or email

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