VSMP Virtual Programme

Virtual Support Programme 2021

Veterans taking part in the virtual programme

Over the past five years on our battlefield dig, and through our first ‘virtual’ programme devised as a result  of Covid-19, we have had great success in supporting VSMP with a range of activities. Due to the changing  nature of the pandemic, WU has put together a new Virtual Support Programme for 2021, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Positive Pathways Programme.  

This programme will encourage veterans to express their feelings and to engage in archaeology and the  Battle of Waterloo in a new and meaningful way with a powerful emphasis on mental wellbeing. 

Running from mid-April 2021, this Virtual Programme, based on the building blocks of last year, will focus  on the holistic side of archaeology, honing in on mental wellbeing and offer the space for Veterans to  engage in a new group of people, virtually, in a time of mental hardship and stress. WU’s professional and  experienced Wellbeing & Support team will be with our participants every step of the way. WU is  collaborating with its partner organisations and other heritage institutions, such as the British Museum and  the National Army Museum to ensure incredible engaging content in a time where heritage feels somewhat  inaccessible. This programme provides year round support and care, focussing around a 6 week period of intense activity. 

The Virtual Programme that was run by Waterloo Uncovered was absolutely phenomenal. I’ve made dozens of friends online – they’re not just virtual friends, they’re real friends. The stuff that I’ve learnt has been incredible – I’ve even transferred my Architecture degree to an Archaeology degree because of Waterloo Uncovered’s Virtual Programme. It was amazing.

Paul, 2020 participant

Programme Format

Virtual Programme participants took part in a test pitting activity in their gardens!

WU’s Programme is a collaboration between Wellbeing and Support specialists, artists, writers and creatives. It has been designed to ensure a clear educational and goal setting structure that offers the best possible experience for the participants, with the overarching aim of improving their wellbeing.

Taking place from April 19th, VSMP will be offered six weeks of online content and virtual workshops and offered a blended learning experience. Interviews will take place in March 2021 and following successful  completion of the application & selection phases, veterans & serving military personnel will be offered a place to take part. There will also be follow up sessions and a reunion showcase at the National Army  Museum to finish the programme in January 2022.