The Second World War and the Exeter Blitz
Book a full day of up to 5 activities or a half-day of up to 3 activities in which the children will take an active role in their learning about life during the Second World War on the Home Front through some of the darkest days in Britain’s history. They will learn, not only about survival but about how people worked together to ‘do their bit’ to help the war effort. Our schools team will inform and guide the children throughout their visit. From £2.50 per child
Each takes approximately 30 minutes to complete:
- Exeter Blitz and Home Life
- Clothing and Uniform
- Air Raids and the ARP Warden
- Rationing, Food and Dig For Victory
- A Postcard Home
Prices start at £2.50 per child for a half-day visit or £3.00 for a whole day visit or £4.50 including a private room for lunch. Minimum cost £60/£72 for half/whole day activities and £48 for the lunch room apply.
We recommend 8 to 12 students per activity to provide the best experience. The activities are aimed at Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 year old).
Maximum of 32 pupils half-day visit or 60 pupils full day visit.
The sessions are available on selected dates Tuesdays to Thursdays 10.30am to 2.30pm.
We are from Tuesday 13 July accepting enquiries for schools visits for the Autumn 2021 term.
Please complete the online RAMM School Visit Enquiry Form
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More activity information
Exeter Blitz and Home Life
Learn about the Exeter Blitz and Second World War home life through genuine artefacts. What were the different types of bomb dropped on the city? Have a go at dealing with an incendiary device. The children will study images of the devastation and how this was dealt with during and after the air raids. They can handle and consider the ordinary things people had in their homes to learn about their everyday lives and listen to a 78RPM record on a genuine wind-up gramophone.
Clothing and Uniform
Try on clothing and uniforms of the courageous people in the Civil Defence and learn about the roles of volunteers giving up their time to be members of the Women’s Voluntary Service, those working on the farms and woodland as part of the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps. Also, the brave members within Air Raid Precautions (ARP) doing their bit as wardens, fire fighters, rescuers, ambulance drivers and first aiders and, of course, the Home Guard.
Air Raids and the ARP Warden
Find out about the work of an Exeter Air Raid Warden through his uniform and equipment. Listen to first-hand accounts of people who lived through the Blitz while watching recordings of the time. Experience a real air raid through headphones while sitting in a real Anderson Shelter. It will give the children a chance to truly empathise with those living through the early hours of 4th May 1942.
Rationing, Food and Dig for Victory
The children will handle and talk about genuine artefacts to consider what food was rationed. They will discuss how people made do whilst helping themselves and others to be part of the ‘Grow Your Own and Dig for Victory’ campaign. After this, they can design their own Dig for Victory garden using our templates.
A Postcard Home
The children will meet Doris, our very own evacuee child to consider her reason for being here and her thoughts and feelings. They will learn about Operation Pied Piper, the Evacuation Scheme and consider what items Doris has brought with her on her journey. After reading a genuine postcard from a mother to her evacuated child, they will write a reply on our template. This can be taken back to school for completion.