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Sixth Form Trip to Parliament

On the 5th of April, the year 12 History class and Mrs Rutherford-Edge enjoyed an incredibly inspiring trip to London to visit the Imperial War Museum and the Houses of Parliament, where we built upon our A-level courses of 20th Century Germany and British politics. Everyone found the Holocaust exhibit very moving, as the facts and figures that we read about in the text book turned into real people whose stories we were told. This contrasted with the upbeat and inspirational trip to Westminster, where we took the route that the Queen takes through Parliament when she opens it, and saw the statues of the many important figures that we are learning about in this awe-inspiring and monumental palace.

Through the exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum, and the tour guide we had round Westminster, we were able to learn interesting and useful details and insights about our course in a way that you just can’t get from a class room. For me, seeing the Palace of Westminster, where all these great political debates we have been learning about in class actually happened was the highlight of what was a really enjoyable day out.

I personally found the holocaust exhibition with the model of Auschwitz to be especially moving, seeing the scale of the camp and how it operated made something from a textbook feel very real. Seeing the flow diagram of people involved in the holocaust from gas makers, to train drivers made you re-evaluate your understanding of how many people were involved in such a horrific event. Also, standing where many Lords and MPs once debated important topics that have shaped our country was inspiring

Written by Abbie, Joe, Amy & Grace.