The whole of Year Seven was fortunate enough to attend a run of matinee performances of ‘The Trench’, an interactive experience of life in a WWI trench. Students were marched to the Regimental Museum where they were ‘enlisted’ and received their gun, helmet and uniform. They were all given the identity of a real soldier that fought in the Devon and Cornwall Light Infantry. They then boarded a steam train to the ‘Western Front’, a purpose-built replica of a trench on Lanhydrock Estate. There was a 50 minute performance in the trench with smoke machines, explosive sound effects and some stand out performances by Bodmin College Drama students. After the performance we all returned to Bodmin for debriefing and discovered the fate of our characters in reality. Some students were shocked to find out that their characters survived the war, only to die in an accident two years later. Others were shot for theft or died due to their injuries. Lilliana described the day as ‘an amazing experience’ and was amazed to discover that her character earned nine medals. Niamh Hutchinson and Charlie Harper both thought it was ‘awesome to study trench warfare in History and then experience in in real life’. Lots commented on the amazing use of smoke machines and sound effects which made the experience as real as possible. Students were excellent ambassadors of the college and a fun day was had by all involved.