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Easter holiday activities at Imperial War Museum Duxford Britain at war will be brought vividly to life for visitors during the Easter holidays (Saturday 9 to Monday 25 April inclusive) with Gooseberries and Gasmasks at Imperial War Museum Duxford. Visitors can experience the 1940s Home Front with costumed characters, hands-on craft activities, temporary exhibits, object-handling sessions and the opportunity to indulge in some dressing-up fun!All Easter activities will take place in Hangar 4: The Battle of Britain, which tells the story of Britain’s ‘finest hour’.Visitors can find out more about life during the Second World War, discovering what the wartime ration of food would have looked like; the gas mask they would have worn and the air raid precautions which they would have had to follow

Wartime cookery sheets will be available so that families can try their own rationing recipes at home. Every day, a different Home Front character will be on duty next to the Anderson shelter.  Visitors can meet and chat to costumed interpreters enacting the role of a member of the Home Guard, a lady from the Women’s Voluntary Service, an ARP Warden, or a Bomb Disposal Officer * all of whom have captivating tales to tell about their exciting and dangerous war work.Visitors can ‘Dig For Victory’ at the recreated mini 1940s allotment, testing themselves as wartime gardeners by correctly matching a range of tiny seeds to the fully-formed plants they grow into.  They can find out how the nation kept hunger at bay during the war and can compare modern foodstuffs with 1940s groceries.A dressing-up box of 1940s clothes will enable visitors of all ages to get into the wartime spirit by trying on the costumes of the day.

As the air raid siren sounds, visitors can move to the safety of the Anderson shelter, reliving the cramped conditions of the tiny home-from-home that saved the lives of many British people.Families can get hands-on with history by making wartime toys or designing Home Front propaganda posters.  Craft activities will change daily and children must be accompanied by an adult.The Blitz spirit will be alive and well at Imperial War Museum Duxford this Easter, with a host of activities, transporting visitors to the hard but hearty days of the Home Front.

 


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