Sixth form students were invited by the National Memorial Arboretum to take part in two artist residency workshops.

Lizzie Hughes a researched based artist creating photography books, and Jacky Oliver a blacksmith artist creating work in metal

They were given a private tour of the exhibition by the artists that were inspired by the deeply personal ways that people try to make peace.

They experienced working in art as a career and see what it was like to be an artist in residence.

They were highly inspired and made themselves looking devices inspired by periscopes used the trenches, and researched based work exploring the idea of a monument.

Students were also given a tour of the freedom and fashion exhibition which included garments made by Manchester University art students and famous designers including Vivienne Westwood. The garments examined the legacy of the First World War in regards to women’s fashion in the 21st century.

Natalie Brickett, trip organiser said: “The visit was particularly poignant with the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice, but equally provided inspiration to our students as they build up their A-Level portfolio. Our school benefits from regular work alongside the National Arboretum so it was great to keep this valuable link going.”