An overnight trip aboard the HMS Belfast HMS Belfast is a branch of the Imperial War Museum. ‘Kip in a Ship’ is a citizenship based residential visit giving school groups the chance to sleep overnight on board HMS Belfast in the original crew mess decks.
Russ Green has been bringing pupils from Homelands Primary in Torbay to the ship for the past 3 years. He has built a good relationship with the ships education team and works with them to create visits tailored to his specific requirements.
In the education centre pupils learn about the harsh conditions the crew had to face during the Artic Convoys. The session is brought to life by John, an HMS Belfast veteran who served on board the ship in the 1950’s. The pupils get to talk to John and find out what it was like living on the boat.
One appealing aspect of the trip for Russ Green is the chance for teachers and pupils to learn to relate to each other in different surroundings out of school uniform and away from the confines of the classroom.