resources: education materials


Choices Then and Now is a cross curricular resource that suggests strategies for teaching about World War I, recent and current conflicts, extremism and resilience and the choices available to people then and now.

The  full colour booklet provides a scheme of work, differentiated mid term plans and a range of untold  stories to engage  primary, secondary and post sixteen students. The accompanying CD ROM contains limited stories and activities for Key Stage 1 and a wide range of materials for teaching and learning across all phases, largely drawn from items in the Peace Museum UK’s extensive collection. Visit to find out more about the diverse items in the collection.


Total war demands total commitment

A BBC Multimedia education resource

World War One was Britain's first total war - meaning that the whole of the British population was needed for the war effort. Millions of young men were asked to head to the battlefield. Hundreds of thousands of workers were recruited to power an industrial war machine. The public had to accept years of hardship and civilian casualties as a price worth paying for victory.

January 2014

Guardian Data has extracted details of 654 records from the National Archive to look at who conscientiously objected to the first world war and why

November 2013

A ForcesWatch poster showing policy, cultural and other recent developments affecting the extent of military influence in young people's lives.



June 2013

The youth edition of Journeys in the Spirit (number 19) provides a range of ideas to use with 12–18 year olds in a Quaker context.

Quakers and the Military includes listening, talking and action points and explores the following questions:

  • What is the military? What are military values?
  • When do we encounter (see/meet) the military?
  • How did Quakers feel about the military in the past, and what did they do about it?
  • How do we feel about the military now?

The Peace Education Network is a national UK network that brings together people and organisations committed to education for peace.

Our members benefit from professional support, regular skills share workshops, a forum to share information and resources, and opportunities to work collaboratively.

We are an open network and welcome new members. Membership is available to any individual or organisation that shares our values and is engaged in peace education.

November 2012

A series of throught-provoking short films: All major religions promote the ideal of peace and harmony, but many also condone the use of violence to defend a just cause. We ask young men and women to fight and die and kill in our name, in wars that many consider unjust and immoral. In the run up to Remembrance Sunday, asks, “Who are the real heroes in war?”


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A funny short exploration by a young boy on The Militarization of Boys

June 2012

Up and down the country on the 30th June street parties, picnics and military tattoos are taking place for Armed Forces Day. Despite the rhetoric of tradition, the day is relatively new to Britain's military history, with the first occurrence taking place in 2009, replacing Veterans' Day, which ran from 2006-2009.

Some see the institution of another national occasion relating to the Armed Forces (i.e. in addition to Remembrance Day) as indicative of a growing culture of militarisation across the country. After consultation with parents, teachers and students who are concerned with the unquestioning attitude of acceptance towards the military and their activities in the public sphere, ForcesWatch has produced the following lesson plans and activities for those working in schools and other youth organisations to use, free of charge, with their students or group members. This is a direct response to the materials produced by the Armed Forces for teachers.

June 2011

These BBC radio programmes explore the effect of killing on people in the military, how many are unable to kill and others live with the effects of having killed for the rest of their lives.


a film by Roger Stahl, 2011

Video games like Call of Duty, America's Army, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield are part of an exploding market of war games whose revenues now far outpace even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The sophistication of these games is undeniable, offering users a stunningly realistic experience of ground combat and a glimpse into the increasingly virtual world of long-distance, push-button warfare. Far less clear, though, is what these games are doing to users, our political culture, and our capacity to empathize with people directly affected by the actual trauma of war.


Educational resource / quick read published by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on: militarism and gender, military expenditure, militarism and the environment and international disarmament. With case studies.


white poppiesA range of materials, history and reflections about the white poppy and what is symbolises - remembering the dead and hope for a culture of peace. From the Peace Pledge Union.


armed forces impact sheetPax Christi have developed this educational resource with ideas for activities and discussion. It ask questions such as:

  • What effect does armed forces life have on young people?
  • How do the armed forces recruit young people?
  • What effect have wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had on young people’s opinions of the armed forces?
  • With the increasing levels of violence amongst young people should they be encouraged to join the armed forces?"

This archive and educational materials resource has an extensive collection of materials which tell the stories of the men and women conscientious objectors of the 20th century. It documents their experiences, videos their recollections, promotes their ideals and publishes teaching resources.