Learning opportunities for young people

Curriculum Links

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome can host a wide range of curriculum opportunities. We are happy to discuss with you your needs. For further information please e-mail info@stowmaries.org.uk 

Site visits by staff are welcome by appointment. Please contact info@stowmaries.org.uk 

Fees and Booking process

All students are charged a flat rate of £2 each when booked in advance. Tours are £1 each, available when booked in advance. All group leaders are admitted free, when booked in advance. We are happy to  discuss how many leaders per student we require, as defined by the age of the students you are bringing.

A hazard sheet is available on request, but Group leaders are required to make their own Risk Assessment before arrival.

Please contact info@stowmaries.org.uk for details or to make a booking. 

Recommended curriculum themes include:

KS1-3  A local history study

KS1     Significant historical events, people and placed in your own locality.

            The lives of significant individuals in the past, who have contributed to national and international achievements.

KS2     A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ knowledge beyond 1066

KS1-2  Understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units

KS1-2  Identify and name a variety of everyday materials.

            Describe the simple physical properties of everyday materials.

KS2     Identify the effects of air resistance

Expert-Led School Visits

At £1 per student, our expert-led visits combine inspiring guided tours with appropriate learning experience. Many of our guides can be in period clothing to add authenticity, support immersive learning and encourage questions. Tours are tailored to the needs and specific interests of the visitors, they are not “one size fits all”! 

Please note – our hangars, housing our valuable collection of reproduction vintage aircraft, are only available for viewing by groups accompanied by aerodrome staff.

Self-Led Tours

Leaders are welcome to a free site visit by appointment (admit 2) to devise their own tour, tailored to suit the age and specific needs of their group. A sample worksheet may be available, but we recommend staff generate their own based upon a prior visit.

Partnership Working 

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is eager to talk to you about your partnership project. We welcome STEM, Aeronautical, Historical and Curatorial projects. We welcome partnership working - a great example is Project Lanoe.

Project Lanoe

In 2016/7 Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome hosted a partnership project between WW1 AHT and Colchester Institute - Project Lanoe.

A grant of almost £10,000 was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to Colchester Institute's Construction, Engineering and Digital Media students to design and build a faithful reproduction 1917-style ‘Rocking Nacelle’ simulator complete with 21st Century VR and integrated electronics. 

Now complete, this wonderful creation occupies Room 1 of our 1916 Pilots Ready Room and is operated by WW1 AHT volunteers by appointment or on event days.

Read our news story to discover more about Project Lanoe.