Thanks to the financial help provided by The Heritage Lottery Fund and the support of our friends The Fovant History Interest Group the badges site has proved a popular field trip for schools, a number returning for further visits with each pupil intake.
Visits usually involve viewing the badges from East Farm (By kind permission of the landowner Mr Ed Williams) followed by a climb up the hillside to look at the badges in close up. The pupils are usually surprised by just how large the badges are and the view of the site of Fovant WW1 Military Camp and the beautiful rolling countryside of Wiltshire beyond is wonderful. The pupils learn about the camp, the soldiers stationed there in WW1 and how they built the badges. We usually hold a fun prize quiz for our school visitors so there is some incentive to listen to the hillside talk.
School parties usually retire to Fovant Village Hall for lunch and other urgent needs. Margaret McKenzie of the Fovant History Interest Group will talk to parties about some of the WW1 Fovant Stories some involving youngsters of school age.
We have received many examples of the work completed by our school visitors and it is very rewarding to see just how hard the children have worked and how much they have learnt about WW1 and the part played by Fovant and its badges.
If you would like to arrange a school visit, please contact the Society on: firstname.lastname@example.org