The West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust

Resource Packs

Need some inspiration to help you launch a new topic? Containing background information to get you started, a large selection of photos which can be either printed for displays or incorporated into your whiteboard presentations and a collection of worksheets, challenge cards and printable replicas, our digital resource packs allow us to send some of the magic of the railway – and the museum to you.


Costing just £15 each, resource packs are provided on USB flash drives and posted directly to you.

For more information, or to place an order, please email us at:

Current Resource Packs Include:


EYFS/KS1: ‘A Trip to the Seaside’

Based on our museum session of the same name, this pack supports children to explore and compare how seaside holidays have changed over time.

Containing a large selection of photographs showing beach holidays old and new, clothing and equipment, each photo pack is accompanied with background information, enabling you to bring the history of seaside holidays to life for your class.

In addition to the photo packs, you will also receive a teacher’s pack, containing ideas for lessons and a collection of resources and worksheets that you can use with your class.

  • Topic links to Seaside, Holidays and Transport

Curriculum Links 2014:

  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

  • Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally

KS1: Famous Individuals: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Introducing the WSR’s most famous engineer, this pack encourages children to explore the impact that Brunel’s work had, not just locally, but also nationally as one of the key players in the Industrial Revolution.

Containing five different photo packs including:

  • A timeline: allowing you to place Brunel and the Industrial Revolution

  • Representations of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

  • Brunel’s achievements

  • Pre-railway transport

  • The impact of the railways

In addition to these, you will also receive the teacher’s pack, containing background information and guidance notes, ideas for lesson activities and a copy of our Brunel-themed STEM project: the Great Bridge challenge, allowing you to deliver a truly cross-curricular topic around this great man.

Curriculum Links 2014:

  • Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally
  • The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

KS2: WWII and Evacuation

Based on our brand-new learning session, this pack encourages children to consider what life might have been like for a child during the Second World War, and to make comparisons with their own lives.

Containing four different photo packs including:

  • A pictorial timeline of WWII

  • Replicas of Government information leaflets on evacuation

  • Replicas of local authority letters sent out to parents about evacuation

  • A collection of photos showing key aspects of wartime life e.g. rationing, air raid shelters etc.

In addition to this, you will also receive a teacher’s pack containing background information and guidance notes, ideas for lesson activities and replicas of ration books, ID cards and Gas mask boxes so that you can make these for yourself in class.

There is also an additional pack containing the accounts of real evacuees, which could be used as the basis for a writing topic.

Curriculum Links 2014:

  • A study of an aspect of British History beyond 1066: A significant turning point in British History: The Second World War

  • Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources