To launch the new educational resource, a programme of free digital workshops for schools will take place at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) on May 31, June 6 and June 8.
Using the new graphic novel, students will learn about the battle through the experiences of soldiers William Redmond and John Meeke from the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions respectively.
The attack is particularly remembered in Ireland for the part played by both divisions who fought alongside each other.
Students can then choose from a digital workshop using stop motion animation to recreate the beginning of the battle or use digital comic book technology to design and feature in their own graphic novel story.
Workshops will take place at PRONI where schools can also receive a behind the scenes tour of PRONI’s First World War archives and visit a travelling art installation inspired by the Battle of Messines. All participating students will also receive a free copy of the new Battle of Messines graphic novel.
Workshops are open to both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 and two sessions are available to book each day. For more information and to book a free workshop contact Niall Kerr at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A separate evening workshop will also take place on Thursday 8 May from 7pm – 9pm and is available for 14-18 year olds. Click here to register for this workshop.