Portals to the Past’s award winning WW2 team, Corporal Alf Vincent of the Home Guard and Mrs Coombe -Watson provide a vivid experience of life in Britain during WW2.
The interactive delivery is a balance of education based activities, facts, useful knowledge and a chance for children to see and try real period clothing. Alf and Bunty to put across the community spirit, the national cohesion of the time and what total war meant to everyone, especially children.
The day’s activities begin with a lively introduction to the period.
Home Guard drill, ARP training to exploring an evacuee’s suitcase, with genuine WW2 artefacts, Utility clothing and reserved civilian occupations, Corporal Vincent’ and ‘Mrs Coombe-Watson’ really show the details of daily life during the war, using a variety of teaching aids including a genuine air-raid siren.
The afternoon includes having fun in the war, a good old-fashioned sing-along and dancing. Full details of this workshop can be requested from our website.
Portals to the Past are a highly experienced team of history specialists who work with schools and museums throughout most areas of England.
‘We all had a fantastic day. This is a great way for children to learn. They all enjoyed it very much and retain the information given. Bunty and Corporal Vincent’s enthusiasm of their subject was captivating. Thank you both very much.’ – Eversholt Lower, Beds
Thank you for such an interesting workshop. The feedback from the children was very positive. As teachers we feel they learnt a lot from it. Thank you for the “hands on” nature of the activities – this is what our children like to do and how they learn best. – Northmead Junior School, Surrey
Thank you so much for an informative, enjoyable, very well organised, jam – packed with information day. The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and everybody learnt so much. – Breckland Park School, Norfolk