Second World War Workshop

Our WW2 workshop enables the pupils to understand what it was like for local people to live through the war on the home front, by showing the changes between their lives today and the lives of their great grandparents.


A typical class of 30 pupils will be divided into three groups of 10. With a volunteer at each group, the class will be able to explore all three sessions within the workshop time.

  • A handling and discussion session where pupils get to hold objects from the period or replicas and talk about what they were for and why. Typical objects are a gas rattle, an ARP warden’s helmet, a blackout shield and ration card. By looking at the objects closely and talking about their uses, everyday life of the period is brought to life.
  • An evacuee’s suitcase. Evacuation was mostly applicable to children, so what were they allowed to take, where did they go, did they enjoy themselves? All these questions are answered by looking at what is in the suitcase and why.
  • A craft activity – making a gas mask. All people had to carry a gas mask by law and so pupils make their own from paper and string and a class photo of them wearing them at the end of the session is a great ending to your workshop.

“Thank you for a lovely afternoon – the children got a lot from it! – Boxmoor Primary School

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