Cold War living history and archives project in Berlin

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All DMU students are eligible to apply for this opportunity, however BA (Hons) History students enrolled on the Cold War module, DMU volunteer archivists and Journalism students are particularly welcome to apply. The maximum number of places for this trip is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


DMU local is partnering with the Royal British Legion in Berlin, a local museum and association of British people living in Berlin as a result of the Allied occupation of Germany post World War Two and throughout the Cold War.

Students will interview former soldiers who lived through that era and create a sound archive for the museum. Furthermore a fold out map is to be created telling the story of the British presence in West Berlin and charting the landmarks, so visitors can follow the map. Positive learning outcomes will include applying course knowledge to help create a map and brochure for future visitors, gather data first-hand from the experiences of former soldiers, which could inspire future dissertations on the Cold War, develop story-telling skills and develop archiving techniques.

Cultural activities

In addition to the organised activities, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse culture and history of Berlin, visiting iconic landmarks, venues and districts such as the Berlin Wall and East side gallery. The city’s main cultural and historical sights – from the Museum Island and the Reichstag to Checkpoint Charlie and the Holocaust memorial – are to be found in central Mitte.

If you want to venture further afield, a trip to Berlin Olympic Stadium is recommended, or head out to nearby Potsdam to discover its many UNESCO World Heritage palaces and parks.

Travel and Accommodation

Flights, accommodation and UK transfers for this opportunity will be booked by DMU Square Mile, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the German immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Germany and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Tuesday 5 November 2019
  • Return date: Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: In-country transfers, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 12 June 2019 9am