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A Day of History and Thrills: 863 (Thurston) Air Cadets Visit IWM and London Dungeons

Updated: Jun 30

On a crisp, sunny morning, the 863 (Thurston) Air Cadets embarked on an exciting trip to London, eager to delve into the past and experience some spine-tingling thrills. The day's itinerary included a visit to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) and the infamous London Dungeons.

Exploring the Imperial War Museum

Our first stop was the Imperial War Museum, a treasure trove of military history and artefacts. The cadets were buzzing with anticipation as they entered the grand building. The museum's exhibitions offered a comprehensive look at the conflicts that have shaped our world, from the First World War to present-day operations.

The First World War Galleries were a particular highlight. The cadets were captivated by the personal stories of soldiers and civilians, brought to life through letters, photographs, and interactive displays. The trench experience, with its immersive sights and sounds, gave everyone a poignant glimpse into the harsh realities faced by soldiers on the front lines.

Next, we explored the Holocaust Exhibition, a sobering yet essential part of the museum. The cadets showed immense respect as they learned about the atrocities and resilience of those who lived through this dark chapter of history. It was a deeply moving experience, prompting thoughtful discussions among the group.


Lunch Break: Tastes of London

After a morning steeped in history, it was time for a well-deserved lunch. We headed to nearby facilities, where the cadets enjoyed a variety of delicious options. From classic chips and chicken to hearty sandwiches and fresh salads, there was something to satisfy everyone's palate. The chatter over lunch was lively, with cadets sharing their thoughts on the museum exhibits and what they were looking forward to next.


Into the Depths: The London Dungeons

With full stomachs and high spirits, we made our way to the London Dungeons. The contrast between the solemnity of the IWM and the thrilling, interactive experience of the Dungeons couldn't have been starker. The cadets were buzzing with excitement and a hint of nervousness as they entered the dark, atmospheric venue.

The London Dungeons did not disappoint. From the moment we stepped inside, we were plunged into the murky depths of London's history, guided by eerie characters who brought to life tales of plague, gunpowder plot, and notorious criminals. The interactive elements were a hit, with cadets participating in courtroom dramas and encountering the infamous barber, Sweeney Todd.

It was an unforgettable experience, blending history with high-adrenaline fun.


Reflections and Homeward Bound

As the day came to a close, the cadets gathered to reflect on their experiences. The trip provided a perfect balance of education and entertainment, leaving everyone with a deeper appreciation for history and a sense of camaraderie strengthened by shared adventures.

The journey back to Thurston was filled with song and positive chatter and laughs. The 863 (Thurston) Air Cadets had not only explored significant historical events but also created their own lasting memories.

This trip to the IWM and London Dungeons was more than just a day out; it was a chance for the cadets to connect with history in a meaningful way and to enjoy the thrills that London has to offer. We look forward to many more such enriching experiences in the future!


Civ Comm

Our Civilian Committee (Civ Comm) played an indispensable role in enabling the 863 (Thurston) Air Cadets to embark on this memorable trip. Their tireless efforts in maintaining the minibuses ensured safe and reliable transportation, while the dedicated staff provided unwavering support with the pre-planning. The meticulous financial management by the Civ Comm ensured that the trip was well-managed and accessible to all cadets, alleviating any financial barriers. Without the Civ Comm's comprehensive support, this enriching journey to the IWM and London Dungeons would not have been possible.


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