Pupils from Sunderland will step back in time this Thursday 8th November to commemorate the role of Hylton Castle in preparing soldiers for military action in World War One.

The Hylton Castle Project will be hosting a special World War One history day at the nearby Hylton Castle Mission, in commemoration of the role the castle played as both a training ground and convalescent centre for members of the Sherwood Foresters as well as the Durham Light Infantry.

Pupils will be able to explore the lives of local men and women during the conflict as well as the impact the war had on the local population and the nation. Using artefacts and working with costumed living history groups, students will take part in a variety of hands-on activities from drill training to boot polishing.

Students will be bandaging wounds in a special casualty station and discovering how soldiers entertained themselves in the trenches. In addition young people will have the opportunity to listen to sounds endured by soldiers in the trenches and find out what affect these sounds and sights had on Sunderland artist Victor Noble Rainbird.

Volunteers from the nearby North East Land Sea and Air Museum will be on hand with their replica 1916 monoplane and children will be able to explore a field kitchen to discover the types of food World War One soldiers had to eat.

Staff and students from Sunderland University’s Department of Pharmaceutical Science will be bringing their original World War One era pill making machine as well as a variety of potion bottles and ‘kill or cure’ remedies.

The event will be hosted by Hylton Castle Mission, as the castle itself is under construction. Pastor Keith Cook of Hylton Castle Mission said “It’s an honour to host this event for Hylton Castle.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome young people from the local community and further afield to come and learn about the special role played by the castle one hundred years ago and to commemorate all those who served in the first world war”.

After pupils leave at 3pm, the Hylton Castle Project is delighted to be able to extend the activities until 5pm for families and members of the local community. Visitors will be able to delve into the history of World War One at the castle as well as adding to the collective poppy clippy mat creation and meet with costumed interpreters

There is no parking on site, however there is a free car park nearby and on-street parking is permitted next to Hylton Castle Mission (Canterbury Road, SR5 3LQ). Anyone wishing to know more about the event should contact Pearl on pearl.saddington@sunderland.gov.uk or 0191 561 8611 or 07827 305567.

The Hylton Castle Project is a collaboration between Castle in the Community and Sunderland City Council; funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sunderland City Council.

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