Manchester Young People’s Peace Trail

This resource will help Key Stage 2 pupils discover how peace and social justice have changed over time. They will also learn about Manchester’s contribution to making some of those changes. Pupils will learn how people from the past have influenced peace and social justice in Britain by exploring some significant buildings, statues, and memorials in Manchester city centre.


Teaching idea

By following the Peace Trail in the area around Manchester Central Library, pupils will learn how people and places in Manchester have contributed to peace and social justice in Britain. Download and print copies of a Peace Trail Map for your pupils to take on the walking trail.

Pupils can use the online StoryMap to explore the sites virtually before, after, or instead of taking part in a walking trail.

The PowerPoint Peace and Social justice provides all the information teachers need and some suggestions for activities before and after the trail.

Learning aims and outcomes

  • To know more about the built environment of Manchester city centre and how it relates to the heritage and story of a place
  • To know more about Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • To know that people living in the past did not have the same rights and freedoms as people today and were not treated with equal respect because of wealth, faith, race, gender
  • To know about Manchester’s contribution to making laws fairer for all people
  • To know that people can help make the world a better place for everyone to live

Prior knowledge

  • No prior knowledge is required