Friday, 28 November 2014

WW2 Evacuation Activity

Our Home Ed group arranged an activity at Bankfield Museum where the children had to pretend to be evacuees.

In their first session they met their billeting officer and she checked the children (Sunflower's finger nails were too long but everyone else passed inspection), discussed what an evacuee's suitcase needed to contain,

explored toys from the 1940s

and assigned them to their billets - she had a problem with the girls as all four wanted to stay together and most people didn't have room for them, eventually they agreed to share a bed and she was able to send them to the Reverends home where they would receive a uniform and be expected to do housework - Rose was most annoyed and when she wrote her postcard home, she was not happy that she had to be a maid. She also discussed rationing with them and showed a weeks worth of food.

The second half of the session was spent with an Air Raid warden, he discussed how to use our gas masks, what to do in an air raid and how to prepare for a blackout - including the correct headlight covers for your car or bike. 

The kids also got to handle the various gas masks and bits of shrapnel.

There were four activity stations: building a Morrison Shelter,

dressing up as a Home Guard, 

learning to be a nurse 

and manning the Fire Brigade where they learnt how to work a stirrup pump and forming a human bucket chain.

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