Essex at War, 1914-1918

This resource pack is aimed at secondary school students, and uses over 20 resources telling stories of Essex people and places from the Essex Record Office collections.

The pack includes stories of soldiers, nurses, women factory workers, Zeppelins over Essex, food shortages, and family life when fathers did not make it home. It also includes images of the sources along with background notes and suggestions on how they might be used in History, English or other classes.

The pack consists of a PowerPoint presentation and teachers’ notes, which can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.


Essex at War 1914-1918 teachers’ notes

Essex at War 1914-1918 PowerPoint presentation part 1, slides 1-19

Essex at War 1914-1918 PowerPoint presentation part 2 slides 20-50


The resource pack has been produced by the Essex Record Office as part of Now the Last Poppy has Fallen, a project investigating the First World War in Essex, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We hope that you and your students enjoy using the resource pack to explore some fascinating First World War stories.

For further inspiration of how your students could engage with our First World War records you could also take a look at Discovering Sister Kate Luard's Story, a short film make with students from Shenfield High School.