CSI: The Scientific Legacy of WWI | 2018

Welcome to CSI: Stoke! Here you can learn all about our free World-War-One-inspired CSI event on Saturday 15th September.

Find out what activities will be going on both inside and outside – including talks from World War I experts – as well as how you can get involved by bringing your World War I ephemera to our Ask an Expert panel.

Working with Staffordshire and Keele Universities and Stoke-on-Trent Archaeology Service the museum will explore the scientific aspects of World War One. In a series of hands-on activities visitors can learn about trench archaeology, the chemical development of poison gas and have a go at making their own periscopes used to look over the top of trenches. Children can crawl through our replica tunnel to experience what life was like for soldiers underground.

There will be a medical display with leading military historian and author Andrew Robertshaw, which will include a range of real and replica items related to the work of the Royal Army Medical Corps on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918.

Visitors are also encouraged to bring family photographs, letters and other items to our panel of experts who will help to identify them and reveal what these items say about your relative’s military history.

Indoor Activities

THE BATTLE OF THE ANCRE AND THE ADVANCE OF THE TANKS
Free screenings at 11am and 3.30pm. Including the first ever scenes of tanks in battle, the film also conveys, with power and artistry, the difficulties experienced by the British Army as it fought on over ground beset in a sea of mud. Over one hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

©IWM still from The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks (1917) © IWM 116

POISON GASES AND EXPLOSIVE MOLECULES
Explore the chemistry of explosives with our molecular model making

MILITARY ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
A medical display staffed by experts to show a range of real and replica items related to the Western Front.

PERISCOPES
Avoid getting shot by looking at a real WWI periscope and making your own periscope to take home.

RUBBER BAND GUNS
Using the elasticity of rubber to explain the basic principles of gunfire

THE ITCHES!
View the scourge of the common soldier on the battlefield through microscopes, lice, fleas and mosquitoes!

UNDERGROUND TUNNEL
For the young adventurers – experience what it was like to work through tunnels mined under the Front itself!

WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION
Ask the Western Front Association (WFA) experts who will be able to source any relatives army records and print out memorial scrolls.

ASK THE EXPERTS
Staffed by WWI experts who will be pleased to identify and discuss any contemporary WWI items visitors bring along.

Outdoor Activities

DEBORAH II REPLICA TANK
‘Deborah II’ a replica WW1 tank on loan for the day from the Norfolk Tank Museum. Commissioned by TV presenter Guy Martin for a Channel 4 documentary this reproduction Mk IV was the first tank to see successful active duty in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. It was constructed at local engineering firm JCB in 2017 using state of the art computerised welding equipment to demonstrate modern technology.

BATTLEFIELD DETECTIVES
Get young enthusiasts to use a metal detector to find and take home metallic relicts from the Great War.

BATTLEFIELD ARCHAEOLOGY
See real archaeologists patiently excavating part of the ‘battlefield’ and associated artefacts – why not have a go?

Expert Talks

HAWTHORN: A TALE OF TWO CRATERS, BATTLE OF THE SOMME
A multi-disciplinary investigation, 2pm
This unique environment marks the only site to have been blown up on two separate occasions marking the beginning and the end of the Battle of the Somme. The first mine explosion in July 1916, is the only one ever filmed. 100 years after the First World War, this world first is only now being investigated by a multidisciplinary team of historians and scientists.