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Ullapool High School and Leckmelm Estate


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Case Study WW1 trenches recreated for pupils Leckmelm Estate has recently supported an interactive educational experience as part of a history project with local primary schools, which involved the recreation of a World War One trench system near Ullapool. P7 pupils from Ullapool, Lochinver, Achultibuie, Badcaul and Scoraig primaries in Wester Ross have been involved in the project.

The pupils, who have been researching a book written by a war widow in 1918 called The Men of Lochbroom, have also had a "battle" using laser tag guns. Veterans charity Outpost has been working with the schools' project, called The Men of Lochbroom Through the Eyes of the Children of Lochbroom.

The trenches were dug by machine in a field donated by Leckmelm Estate before features such as wooden boards, steps and sandbags were added. Building the trench features took 13 days, with Ullapool High School teacher Jemma Middleton, Carl Burns and a local volunteer, Jack Maclean, working 15 hour-long days to complete the trenches and "battlefield". Heritage Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland provided funding to the project.

Ms Middleton said the pupils' laser gun "battle" offered them an insight into life in the trenches. She said: "The students found it very frustrating that they couldn't just run around and hide behind things which gave them a real understanding of what the men faced and were shocked by this." She added: "We are also holding a recreation of the Christmas Day truce football match on that day which will see the local men's team take on the children's team played in no man's land."

The battlefield is to be made available to other schools, and twenty bookings have been made already from schools as far afield as Glasgow.

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