2020 Education Competitions

In 2020 there are two competitions that children can get involved in. One is the annual Young Historian Project and the other is a VE Day Poster competition.

Young Historian Competition – Closing Date 20th July 2020

Working in close liaison with the Young Historian Project, the Trust awards annual prizes for essays submitted by schools throughout the country relating to World War 2 events and their historical significance.

These prizes are for groups and individual pupils in three categories, and in very special circumstances, within the EU. The veterans are especially keen that children should know what the War meant to Servicemen and their families. They are happy to visit local schools by invitation to talk to children and answer their questions.  This “living documentary” has been shown to inspire the children and to ignite their imagination. This has been most apparent in the content of many of the essays written in response to the Trust’s essay competition run in conjunction with the Young Historian Project. In March 2006 it was decided by the Trustees, with the approval of General Martin’s family, to create a new award for the Young Historians, entitled “The General Peter Martin Award”. This award, for £100 and in Memory of General Martin, will only be given if an entry is considered to be exceptionally outstanding. All entries submitted will receive recognition of participation and prize winners will be invited to attend a prize giving ceremony and buffet usually held in London.

The Young Historian Project is an offshoot of the well established and highly respected Historical Association about which a great deal more can be learned at here.

This alliance with the Young Historian group has brought to the Trust the extremely professional services of Dr. Trevor James and his committee of educators, all of whom are, like the Trustees, unpaid volunteers. It is this committee that receives the entries and sits in judgement on the submissions before making its recommendations to the Trust.

Primary: Those entries are usually a class project or that of an after school Group in the primary age range.
Prizes in this category are;
Winning entry – £100.
School or Group also receive – £150

KS3: Usually individual entries in this category.
Prizes in this category are;
Winning entry – £100.
School or Group also receive – £150.

Senior: Usually individual entries in this category.
Prizes in this category are;
Winning entry – £100.
School or Group also receive – £150.

Details of entry available from; Dr. Trevor James on 01543-301097 or you can read more about the competition in our leaflet here.

e-mail: thehistorian@history.org.uk

VE Day: Poster Competition – Closing Date 1st May 2020

The 8th May will see the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe and the end of World War 2. This was a very significant day in history and we would love to get younger generations involved in commemorating this occasion. The present circumstances mean that the events that were planned for 8th May cannot now take place, but we are keen that this significant anniversary should still be remembered. The Spirit of Normandy Trust is running a creative competition for primary and secondary aged children across the country.

We would like children to design a poster which illustrates and captures everything that VE day is about. We have three categories for entries and the winner of each category will receive £100. Our very own Normandy Veterans will be judging the winners of this competition. We will be adding submissions from the veterans about their experience of VE day over the coming weeks which may help inspire the design of your poster. Please feel free to use the template attached for your poster or just do it on some plain paper.

You can enter individually, telling us your name, your age and entry category and some contact details so we can get a hold of you if you win. Schools can also send entries in bulk if you would rather do that.

Categories- KS2, KS3&4 (Combined) & SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) pupils

Closing Date- 1st May

Ideally entries should be photographed or scanned and emailed to info@spiritofnormandy.org.uk If this would be a problem please email us and we can provide a postal address.

Please note that entries submitted will become the property of the Spirit of Normandy Trust and may be used in future publicity.

Template for Posters