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'Remarkable tale' will help secondary school pupils

Ian Hughes 16th Dec, 2017

PUPILS studying personal, social and health education can now learn from history.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum in Warwick is offering a free educational resource on its website aimed at secondary school pupils studying PSHE (personal, social and health education).

It is focused on the true story of Hannah Snell. She was born in 1723 had an extraordinary life. Left penniless and pregnant by an adulterous and gambling husband, she disguised herself as a man to join the army and then the marines, she got wounded at the battle of Pondicherry and removed a bullet from her groin herself. She went on to perform on stage, ran a tavern in London and was the first female to get an army pension.

Museum curator Stephanie Bennett said: “Hannah’s story is stranger than fiction. She has an amazing and remarkable tale that resonates with modern times. It speaks to today’s generation about so many relevant issues.

“PSHE is a broad topic and these activities take a creative approach using the 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.

“As she joined the Sixth of Foot (which became the Royal Warwickshire Regiment) I wanted to bring her story to life for a modern audience.”

The website also includes a video of a performance piece about Hannah’s life – ‘The Female Warrior’ – created by Coventry-based theatre company Talking Birds

Visit for further details.


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