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Children at War - Bombing

Children at War - Evacuation and the War at Home

Children at War - Evacuation and the War at Home

Children's experiences of the Second World War varied enormously, even within the British Isles. The interviews used for this pack illustrate how life in the country and away from the blitz could differ to life in the industrial cities and ports where total war was visited upon ordinary civilians by the Luftwaffe's raids.  The background account gives the wider historical context of the story of the evacuations of WW2 and a description of civil defence measures most commonly experienced by children.

The pack also includes one Norwegian lady's memories of life as a child under German occupation and the poignant story of a girl's difficult reunion with her father on his return from a PoW camp in Germany in 1945.


The web films in this pack are very large, and will NOT play while you are downloading it. Unlike other online video, it has been designed for saving to your hard disc and viewing offline more than once (maybe in the classroom).  Please allow plenty of time to download.

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Example Resource

Key Resources

A VISIT TO THE MUSEUM is an ideal way to put the resources in this pack in context using the Museum's exhibitions and activity workshops. 

Workshops and talks available at the Museum are listed in the Secondary School History and Citizenship Brochure

Of particular relevance to this pack are:

  • The Home Front - workshop investigation (45 mins)
  • The Evacuation Special Programme for Primary Schools.  Any of the sessions included in this programme can be adapted to be suitable for older pupils.
  • Role of the Aircraft in WW2 - Presentation (1 hour)
  • WW2 Artefacts and Archives - workshop investigation (45 mins)

Useful external links with resources for this pack:

BBC People's War: has numerous written recollections from around the country.

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