This week we have had Home Front Day at my daughter's primary school. This is the first year that they decided to bring the museum to the school........with a WWII Home Front bus complete with a 1940's living room, a shop, a bombed out street, air raid shelter and artefacts. There were also dressed up characters - like a warden who asked my daughter which house number she lived at and then showed her a pile of rubble, telling her that was her house and that she hadn't been seen for days!! She loved the whole experience and started to get a feel for what it would have been like - and I think getting involved in this way, made it more interesting - rather than just studying from a book.
The children dressed up as evacuees for the day, brought in a typical packed lunch and made and/or brought in artefacts to put together their own 1940's museum. I went with my dad to look round the museum and it was brilliant. It's amazing how much stuff is still knocking around from the war - there was lots of interesting bits and that was just from 3 classes of children. My daughter also wrote and tea-stained a letter that she wrote as if she was an actual evacuee sent to the countryside.
I just wish I could have had a look in the bus too - but they were packing it all up when we went.
So as my title says...............would you have picked her to take home to your safe house in the country??
They are having a VE day party at the end of term, which they have to put together themselves. So I am going to try to get her a brown knitted cardigan from a charity shop before then, which will look better than the, last minute, cardigan we pulled out of the wardrobe!
Have a good week