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School Visits WW2 Children at War – The Evacuee's Experience
We have some spaces left for 2014 and we are now taking bookings for 2015!
A WW2 school visit to take your children back to live in England in 1939.
Our 3 day school trip programmes — which are the only ones of their kind in the U.K. — could include one or two simple pre-visit classroom activities — children making their own I.D. label and Gas Mask box (we will supply templates to booked groups).
Then for the actual visit after being evacuated from your school and arriving at our centre – which is a unique WWll heritage site having been the Headquarters of the USAAF Fighter Command from 1942–1945 — the trip back in time will begin....
Three Day Visit: The emphasis throughout will be very much about creating a hands–on experience. During their stay children are able to visit a bombed — out London street, tour our "1940's house", see our Dig for Victory garden, handle and use artifacts and clothing from the period, take part in drill sessions and air raid procedures, respond to an air raid alert, fight fires, etc.
For one whole day all their meals will be based on original WW2 food with a menu from the period. During this second day they will follow a typical evacuees day — helping as Land Army volunteers in our farm and Dig for Victory garden helping with cooking the meals, trying out some make do – and mend activities, helping with washing day in our 1940's kitchen etc.
In the evening they will enjoy playing some traditional board and table games and enjoy a traditional Beetle Drive or Housey Housey session and then rationing will end that night with a visit from some American G.I. re-enactors giving out sweets and gum.
On their final day there will be a V.E. day Victory Lunch before they leave to return to modern day England.
This unique residential experience brings the period vividly to life and throughout the programme comparisons will be made between modern and WW2 experiences — linking recycling with Make do and Mend and conservation with rationing and Dig for Victory.
We believe these experiences enhance children's understanding of this unique period in our history in a way in which no amount of films or classroom work can.
The Child Evacuation programme was after all the biggest ever movement of population experienced in Great Britain and as such was a unique and important episode in recent history.
The programmes cost as little as £95 per child plus VAT [3 days](minimum group size 25) excluding coach costs.
Evacuation by YOUR
transport from school to Bushey Hall at Lincolnsfields.
Today's Menu will be all realistic 1940's food. (Vegetarian options and we won't let them starve!)
Off to Work with the evacuees' hosts:
Dinner: 1940's Menu
Packing for departure – bed stripping.
V.E. Day Celebration Lunch (The War is over) Departure by 2.30.p.m.
Single WW2 Day Visits, with a shorter programme, are also available at £7.50 (plus VAT) per child
Travel in comfort
The Evacuee's bed
Ten Bob! - a ten shilling note
A Quid! - One pound note.