A Century's Memories: Tunnelling Through Time

Create a beautiful piece of art to commemorate the life of a soldier in WW1.

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subjects: Art, D&T

Resource Overview

This practical D.T. and art lesson invites pupils to bring stories from the relatives of WW1 soldiers to life in a wonderfully creative way by building a 'tunnel book.' A series of WW1 fact files accompany the lesson providing real life anecdotes, images and moving content.

A Century’s Memories was an oral history project undertaken by Bath & North East Somerset Council to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. Young students and army cadets interviewed older residents across the district about what their families and communities had done during the War, and how the War had impacted on their lives. An illustrated book and Key Stage 2 Learning Pack were produced using the stories shared, and the interviews were archived at Bath Record Office.

Resource Assets


Tunnelling Through Time Lesson Plan

Everything that you need to know to teach this lesson. Including all links to resources, step by step guidance, curriculum objectives and extension opportunities.


Tunnelling Through Time PowerPoint

Supporting PowerPoint that offers a step by step guide on how to make a Tunnel Book, using a range of tools and materials with growing confidence.


How to Create a Tunnel Book

Want to bring a story to life? Follow these simple instructions to create a wonderful, miniature world through a tunnel book.


Albert Hillier Factfile


Edward Mitchard Factfile


George Taylor Factfile

Curriculum Objectives

  • Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities