School Visits To IBCC

School visits enable your students to develop their skills in historical enquiry through first-hand accounts, unique artefacts and activities. Allow children to be inspired by history and feel fully immersed in what life was like in Bomber Command. 

“We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and were delighted with the variety of the activities and tasks that you involved the students with.  It was over and above what we had envisaged or expected.  For this we are truly grateful and hope that you too enjoyed hosting our students during the week.” – Sir Robert Pattinson Academy

Guided School Visits

Our facilitated school visits, which include a guided tour, normally run from 10am to 2pm and consist of 3 sessions. All workshops are held in our incredible education suite and we provide a space for lunch.

Activities include:

  • Hands-on activities using real-life stories, from those who were there, and artefacts used by Bomber Command in World War II. Our workshops focus on remembrance, sacrifice, suffering and bravery and help bring to life the events of the era.
  • Access to our exhibition. This uses interactive displays activities and first-hand experiences to tell the story of Bomber Command and those affected by their actions.
  • A guided tour of our Spire, Memorial Walls and Peace Gardens with an expert tour guide.

“Brilliant – what a fantastic facility! Thank you to the volunteers.  Loved it! Great introduction to WW11. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!” – The Richmond School


Duration: 10:00 – 14:00; fully facilitated

School – KS1

Details: Storytelling and Spire Tour

School – KS2 and above

Cap of 60 pupils per day

Details: Rotate across three activities

Cost: £7.00 per pupil – there is no charge for accompanying staff.

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International Bomber Command Centre

Immerse Your Pupils In History

During your guided school visit, children will have the opportunity to learn the stories of those who suffered, supported and served with Command in World War II. Pupils will be have the opportunity to:


  • Become a member of an operational Aircrew with our interactive aircraft table
  • Find out about the role of women in WWII
  • Travel the world with the 62 nations who served in Bomber Command
  • What did children do during the war?
  • Learn about navigation and hold the equipment they used
  • Hear the stories of the people who were there
  • What Lincolnshire contributed to Bomber Command


  • The equipment used by aircrews
  • What it was like to be involved in a bombing sortie
  • The impact of the operations on the targeted populations
  • The debates in the War Cabinet about the wisdom of campaigns
  • The struggle for recognition by those who served Bomber Command
  • What it was like to be a member of an operational Aircrew on a bombing sortie with our immersive experience
  • How dangerous it was to fly with Bomber Command

“It was a real privilege to visit and the sessions you provided were excellent… I think it is something other schools would benefit from.” – Wellingborough School.

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Self-Guided School Visits

We also offer non-facilitated school visits, where staff can arrange self-guided tours for pupils around our exhibitions. During a non-facilitated school visit, you can:

  • Explore the exhibition and discover the story of Bomber Command under your own steam.
  • Clipboards, pencils and paper are available on request.
  • Learn about the IBCC and Bomber Command with a guided tour from one of our expert education tour guides.
  • You are welcome to eat your pack lunches on the grounds as a picnic (only food purchased on-site to be eaten in the Hub Café).


School – Recommended for KS3 and above

Duration: 10:00 – 12:00; self – led (cap of 30)

Details: Exhibition/Spire Tour (clipboards available)

Cost: £4.00 per pupil – there is no charge for accompanying staff.

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Relevant Documents

We know it is important to plan before your school visit, which is why we have provided some relevant documentation to help you plan for your trip. You can also get in touch with our learning team if you would like any more information or to come and look around before you bring your class.


IBCC-004 School-visit-Risk-Assessment


Teachers Information Pack


Bomber Command Fact Sheet


Bomber Command Timeline