Home Front

An experience of life on the home front, led by two costumed members of the living history team. The children arrive as evacuees and are greeted by the evacuation coordinator from the local branch of the WVS. During the day the children will carry out a range of activities including baking on a ration and ‘make-do-and-mend’ tasks. They will find out how much work was involved on wash day and may help the local farmer by cleaning tack. They will also learn from the local ARP warden the do’s and don’ts of air raid precautions, gas mask drill and how to deal with a fire bomb in a range of practical activities.

Role play, craft activities and scenarios will be used to create a realistic, unforgettable experience for children.

Please note: We do not have any catering facilities, so children and adults will need to provide their own packed lunches.

Master copies of ID cards and evacuation labels will be sent prior to your school visit. These may be duplicated in school and distributed to your children in advance of their visit.

Maximum number of 32 pupils

From 1st January 2016 a full day on the World War II experience costs £14 per child (as the day is planned for the children to work on a variety of activities in 3 groups a minimum of 3 adults is required).

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming houses the largest permanent exhibition on the Women’s Land Army in the country. If you want to find out more please request this as part of your Home Front Day. The students can discover more about a woman’s role during the war.  Evacuees and Women’s Land Army workers often lived and worked together on the farms, discover all about their lives and activities in “Feeding the Nation: A Celebration of the Women’s Land Army” exhibition. Ask for details.

Click here to download further information on our Home Front Days.

Click here to download a Risk Assessment for our Home Front Days.

Click here to download an introduction to the Women’s Land Army exhibition.

Click here to download information for in class activities and information on the Women’s Land Army exhibition – includes “10 Amazing Facts” and photographs.

All of the above prices are plus VAT. This should be reclaimable through your LEA.