Clock damaged by a German shell

For the classroom

The Hartlepool clock


The fragment of the German shell can be seen clearly. The words “made in Germany” can just be seen below the number 6.

Download this picture

© Hartlepool Culture and Information Service


Source: flickr.com

The clock in the wreckage of the house where it was found; photo taken on the day of the bombardment or shortly after.

Visit the site https://www.flickr.com/photos/hartlepool_museum/5633910355/in/set-72157626406678761

Photos of the bombardment

Source: flickr.com

50 photos of the bombardment of Hartlepool: the photos can be downloaded for classroom use.

Visit the site https://www.flickr.com/photos/hartlepool_museum/sets/72157626406678761/

BBC video

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC video clip in which Jeremy Paxman tells the story of the Hartlepool bombardment and interviews a woman who lived through it.

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zghngk7

Impact of war on recruitment

Source: iwm.org.uk

“Remember Scarborough!” - a propaganda poster that used public outrage at the attacks on the east coast to encourage recruitment.

Visit the site https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/14989

Impact of war on relationships


A silver shilling coin engraved with a message of love from a soldier for his wife or girlfriend in Britain.

Download this picture

Impact of war on childhood


A children’s board game from 1914 –18 suggesting a simplified and heroic view of soldiery and warfare. Some boys who played it at home may have died on the battlefield by 1918.

Download this picture

Impact on the workplace

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC video about the scale of production and women at work at the shell factory at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire and the effects of the massive explosion there in 1918.

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0202530

Impact on women’s working lives

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC video clip about the wide range of work done by women in the war years.

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zc44d2p

Impact on daily life

Source: iwm.org.uk

Ten surprising examples of how the Defence of the Realm Act (1914) constrained freedoms in Britain during the war.

Visit the site https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-surprising-laws-passed-during-the-first-world-war

Impact on communities

Source: merseyside-at-war.org

An account of anti-German riots on Merseyside in 1917.

Visit the site http://www.merseyside-at-war.org/story/anti-german-riots/

Impact on family life

Source: iwm.org.uk

“Women of Britain say ‘Go!’” recruitment poster 1915.

Visit the site https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/14592

Impact on mutual respect

Source: wordpress.com

A white feather and letter sent to a man accused of cowardice by neighbours.

Visit the site https://wolverhamptonswar.wordpress.com/tag/white-feather/

Impact on pacifists

Source: iwm.org.uk

A cartoon illustrating the issues facing conscientious objectors during the war.

Visit the site https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205088023

Impact on rural life

Listen to the audio http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01qmqsp

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Museum of Hartlepool

Source: hartlepool.gov.uk

Visit the site https://www.nmrn.org.uk/museum-hartlepool

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

Source: iwm.org.uk

Visit the site https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-north/schools

Imperial war Museum London

Source: iwm.org.uk

Visit the site https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london/schools/plan-a-visit
Many local and regional museums have displays about the impact of World War I on life in the locality.

Find stories near you

Source: bbc.co.uk

The search facility on this page will reveal locations around Britain where the impact of war was felt in different ways and that could be visited by school groups.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww1/ww1-at-home/find-locations

Clock damaged by a German shell