German culture explored on British Museum trip

Languages pupils explored Germany’s history when they visited the British Museum’s acclaimed Memories of a Nation exhibition.

Pupils studying Germany at GCSE and A-level travelled down to London to see the exhibition that examines the past 600 years of the country’s history in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.

Pupils with VW Beetle

The famous Wir sind ein Volk reunification placard, modern design icon the VW Beetle, the first Gutenberg Bible and art by Dürer, Holbein and Richter were among the exhibits that showed pupils how Germany has changed over the centuries.

Language practice

As well as letting them learn all about the country’s history, head of languages Ms Sylvia Gibson didn’t let her linguists miss the chance to practise speaking some German.

Pupils at Kamps

She booked tables – and German-speaking staff – at Kamps bäckerei café, where pupils had to order their authentic continental cakes, coffee and bread in the language before boarding the train back up north.

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