Culture and History in the local area is an easy way to create adventure, fuel intrigue and enlighten you soldiers. They are often free or very reasonably priced, when facilities are available they are suitable for family’s and kids on an adventurous day out. Once you start to explore the local area, it soon opens up a huge range of missions. We have listed the 5 of the most common culture and history hotspots that are common place.
Museums, whatever their focus and attention are brilliant places for children of all ages. Within reason of course, some newer recruits are likely not going to appreciate the finer points of ancient glassware and risk could be high. But for many, museums are fully catered for the requirements of smaller guests.
Most large towns and cities will have a museum of note, cultural hub of education and excitement. These larger museums are typically welcoming towards children’s and encourage visitors of all ages. Increasingly common are museums that are free of charge, many do politely ask for donations and contributions to the facilities, please give generously where possible, many museums survive on very little considering their role and importance in society.
Museums will often have special events and activities geared towards young visitors. Keep your ear to the ground, join their mailing list or social media pages to ensure you are kept up to date on missions as they happen.
Beyond the religious purpose, churches are a great source of local history, community involvement and education. You are free to wander around your local church, typically, if the door is open, you are free to look around. They will often have information on the culture and history of the church as well as information around the local area history.
If you have a local church, abbey or cathedral it can be an exciting mission to have an initial look around, the grounds and buildings will certainly allow you to discover something new in your area.
Noticeboards, social media pages and community pages are commonplace within the church community, if you seek to visit and learn about the important role that churches have within the community you are almost guaranteed to be welcomed buy the foundation of your local community.
This mission requires a little homework, you will need to plan and execute according to information you have gleened abuot your area. A quick search online or library research can be a mission of itself. Taking the time to research key points of historial or cultural interest in your area and then taking the time to explore from there can build missions with you troops that will be rewarding and entertaining.
Local culture and history guides, historical walks or events can be invaluable tools for making your historical discoveries valuable and accurate. It is your responsibly General to ensure that your facts are accurate, it does not really count as educational if you are making up or guessing the finer details of your local culture and history.
Scout out interesting buildings and architecture, find dates and different clues that can give you insight into the era, methods and purpose of what you have discovered. Give your discoveries some historical context, how did people live? What did life look like? Was a road built for horse, cars or carts? How has the landscaped changed?
The benchmark for sparking imagination and interest in culture and history, these behemoths of heritage are testament to the innovation and skill of previous generations. These structures were built to last and for those castles not ravaged by siege are still in good order and welcoming for visitors.
Castles, in many cases are free to enter, many of the ruined castles and forts in the UK are protected and freely available to exploration without permission or payments. For castles that are still in good condition, they will likely have visitor centres, events and facilities that are suitable for all. For those castles with fewer facilities, information is freely available around the history of the ruin, look around the site, online or in your local library for context and details of prior events around the castle.
Landmarks come in many forms. Monuments, unique architecture and distinctive builds are modern day examples. Your local area is likely to have some form of landmark, if something has not been erected by the local community then you are always sure to find something natural that clearly stands out from its surroundings. A beacon for the culture and history of your local area.
The key to a successful mission is the time and effort discovering something. Going for a walk to find something that stands out, exploring and thinking about its purpose and reason for its existence. Monuments, statues and art pieces will usually have information located close by, if not, it gives you a good opportunity to discuss the meaning and purpose. A quick internet search will fill in any gaps in your thinking.