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WW2 Workshop

60 second histories

WW2 Soldier

This soldier has been in action during the Dunkirk campaign and on returning on leave he has been plunged with his family into the depths of the blitz in wartime Britain.  Using the stories of my own family we discuss what life was like in the 1940’s; Rationing, the blackout, evacuation etc.

There are lots of hands-on opportunities with artefacts and equipment and there are also some great activities for the children to get involved with.  We put them on fire duty; by forming them into two groups putting them through their paces with the stirrup pumps working in pairs to see which group can pump both the fastest and shoot the water the furthest.  We also have a race to see who can put the baby in the gas mask the quickest – great fun.

What you should know:

All sessions are flexible; the minimum duration of a single workshop is around 1 hour and the maximum duration is half a day, so sessions can be tailored to suit your timetable and class numbers; we can deliver to whole school assemblies or smaller groups as required (e.g. 2x half day sessions, 3x 1.5hr sessions or 5x 1hr sessions etc.) and can even deliver 2 different topics in one day if required to benefit maximum number of pupils.

The weapons and equipment are heavy and can be dangerous, and can therefore only be handled if the students are orderly and there is room to do so. 

By their very nature, the stirrup pumps need to be used outside and you will need to supply water for the activity.

Our risk assessment, liability insurance cover, firearms license and DBS certificate are available on request.

Equipment & Weapons
Rifle Pistol WW2 bomb Soldier's equipment
Baby gas mask, evacuee's suitcase & contents
2x stirrup pumps & buckets
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