The Royal Regiment Of Fusiliers Museum (Warwickshire)

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PSHE resources for secondary schools and college students

PSHE is a broad topic and these activities take a creative approach using the true story of Hannah Snell who lived in the 18th century as a case study to look at the areas of gender, equality, diversity and inclusivity.
Hannah Snell born in 1723 had an extraordinary life – she was a soldier and Marine in disguise as James Gray. She was a Mother, performer upon the stage and a publican of a tavern in London.
The activities have been specially designed by a recently retired former head teacher, who also returned to teaching history for the last few years of his career.
Hannah has an amazing and remarkable tale that resonates with modern times. It speaks to today’s generation about so many relevant issues.
We hope that students gain positive benefits from working through the activities.

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The project took place in 2017 between the Museum and a local theatre company based in Coventry called Talking Birds.
The museum does not have many objects relating to Hannah Snell. There is only an engraving on display and some information about her life.
Talking Birds brought her story to life in a play, ‘The Female Warrior; or, the Surprising Life and Adventures of Hannah Snell’, which is 30 minutes long. It is funny, entertaining and bawdy as well as being serious, moving and thought provoking. The performance piece includes songs with musical accompaniment.
It was funded by a Grants for the Arts award from the Arts Council England.
It was quite a unique and ambitious project as it was one of six partnerships between an arts organisation and a museum or cultural organisation that was part of a bid submitted by the West Midlands Museum Development group.

Click here to download the information file relating to this performance

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