Wessex Branch WFA Education Programme 2016 – 2021

Programme Aim

The object of the Branch is to educate the public in the history of the Great War.

The aim of the Branch Education Programme is to focus the Branch’s Education remit both on those things which the Branch already successfully achieves in terms of Continuing Informal Education and also on the encouragement of historical research and scholarship in Secondary and Higher Education.

 Informal Continuing Education

The Branch will continue with its Informal Continuing Education programme as the major platform satisfying its education remit. This platform primarily comprises its speakers’ programme which provides talks on a wide range of subjects related to the First World War, its visits to battlefields and museums, its publication of a newsletter, and the bringing together at its monthly meetings of a group of people interested in the Great War who can, thereby, discuss the period with each other and respond to requests for research assistance.


The trustees have agreed to give financial support to the Bere Regis Explorer Scouts in relation to their publication of a booklet on their research into those men from the Bere Regis area who served in the First World War.

Secondary Education

The trustees will support Poole Grammar School history department’s forthcoming new Key Stage 3 project ‘Poole in the First World War’, offering financial awards to encourage pupils to raise their sights to the highest level when completing research work on this project.

6th form History pupils at Poole Grammar School will be offered the valuable opportunity to discuss their A Level and Extended Project Qualification Great War research findings in presentations at Branch meetings.

Trustees will offer financial help with the continuation of The Romsey School’s Great War project and have included in the Branch Education Programme 2016 – 2021 financial and administrative provision to support similar research projects at other schools as these come to the trustees’ notice.


The trustees have agreed to fund an award of £250 per year for five years to support postgraduate historical scholarship in the Centre for War, State and Society at Exeter University. The award is intended to help fund research into any aspect of the Great War, whether military or civilian, political, social or cultural, either at home or overseas. Applications are welcomed by the Centre from those working on the conflict’s impact, consequences, its memorialisation and artistic legacies, whether local, national or global, individual or collective. The award includes a condition whereby the award winner would give a talk to the Branch.