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We'll Meet Again

We'll Meet Again - A Unique Wartime Day for Schools 

Twice a year (early October and early March), STEAM runs its very successful 'We’ll Meet Again’ wartime event for schools.

 
About the Day

Live the War for a day and immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the Home Front. The displays at STEAM are transformed to recreate the era of the Second World War. All staff dress in period costume and teachers and pupils are also encouraged to arrive dressed 40s style to add to the wartime atmosphere. You could even bring a rationed lunch! Many more ideas will be found in the We’ll Meet Again Support Materials.


We have a superb collection of original handling artefacts and authentic costume from WW2 for the children to enjoy and try on throughout the day, as well as a meticulously researched reconstruction of a public Air Raid Shelter and an Evacuation Carriage.


Each class is allocated a Minder who will greet you on arrival, escort you around the carousel of five interactive workshops and manage the timings of your visit. All of the experiences are delivered in different styles and planned to provide a range of diverse learning opportunities, including role-play, simulation, story-telling, dressing up, speaking, listening and questioning, empathy, observation, imagination and reflection.

 

Pupils’ experiences:

• Meet the ARP Warden. Listen out for the air raid siren and the All Clear and take cover inside the public shelter. How will you pass the time through the long and terrifying night? What will you find outside after the raid?
• Share the anxiety and excitement as your class become evacuees on the station platform and climb aboard a WW2 carriage. Impress your host families on arrival in the countryside.
• Find out what happens to Betty’s family when War breaks out. Work for the Women’s Voluntary Service or in the munitions factory.
• Play with a selection of homemade toys, whilst discovering what wartime would have been like for them as children.
• Explore the role of the railways in World War Two.

 

Accessibility

Most areas within the Museum have wheel chair access. Our Evacuation Carriage can be fitted with a ramp for standard, manual wheel chairs but we apologise that this Victorian carriage does not have a wide enough turning circle for motorised wheel chairs.

We also apologise that wheel chair access to the footplate and tender of Caerphilly Castle Locomotive is not possible. Alternative interactive activities will be provided, but please make us aware of any wheelchair users at the time of booking or before the day of your visit.

 

Similar Experiences

Places on this event are limited. You may be interested in our World War II Discovery Sessions, which are available all the year round. For details, please see World War Two Discovery Sessions page.
 

Further Information and How to Book

We have a minimum group charge for 25 pupils.
To find out more or to make a booking call 01793 466640 or e-mail steameducation@swindon.gov.uk
 
If you have any further questions, please take a look at our Teachers' FAQs.
Teachers' materials to support We'll Meet Again can be found on the STEAM Education Pack page of the website (see PDF files We'll Meet Again Support Materials and WW2 Support Materials).
 

Important note:

If you have a query about a booking you have made with us, please do check the Teachers' FAQs page before calling us. Please be aware that we experience a very high volume of 'phone calls during September and October and during the first two weeks of every new term, so please do bear with us during these times. If you reach voicemail it means all lines are busy. When leaving a message for our Learning Team, please be sure to leave your name, school and phone number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. During busy periods, this could take up to five working days.
 

 

 

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