27 September 2012

Year 5 ventured to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as part of our historical study of Nelson’s navy. The weather was kind and the pace of the day frenetic. The tour around HMS Victory was superb and to stand in the very spot where Nelson was shot provoked many questions from why he wore his full Vice Admiral uniform to how long it took him to die. Following this rather gruesome trend, the Orlop which boasted a full array of primitive surgical instruments, proved as popular as ever and the boys were delighted to be able to distinguish the saw used to amputate a leg from that used to cut off an arm. We may well have some budding surgeons in our midst.

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