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

 
Twice a year (in early October and early March), STEAM runs its immersive wartime festival for schools, We’ll Meet Again. This event is very popular, so please book early.

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 can be found in the We’ll Meet Again Support Materials on the Planning Your School Visit page.
 
We have a superb collection of original handling artefacts and authentic costume from World War Two 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’ Experience:

• Meet the ARP Warden, listen out for the air raid siren and take cover inside the public shelter. How will you pass the time through the long and terrifying night? What will you find outside, once the raid is over and the All Clear sounds?
• Share the anxiety and excitement as your class become evacuees on the wartime station platform. Climb aboard a World War Two carriage, as you are evacuated from the city. Impress your host families on arrival in the countryside.
• Find out what happens to Betty’s family, whose lives are changed when war breaks out. As Father and sons leave to join the war effort, Mother and daughters are left behind to take on new roles and face household pressures and rationing. Discover some ingenious solutions to wartime shortages and tackle ‘making do and mending'.
• Play with a selection of wartime toys and discover why and how they were fashioned from recycled materials at home. Explore what wartime would have been like for children in the 1940s.
• Explore the role of the railways in World War Two and hear from people who lived through the War themselves!
 

Similar Experiences

Places on this event are limited. You may be interested in our World War Two Discovery Sessions, which are available all the year round. For details, please see the KS2 page.
 

Accessibility

Most areas within the Museum have wheel chair access, including our Air Raid Shelter. 
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 during We’ll Meet Again is not possible. Alternative interactive activities will be provided.
 
Please always make us aware of any wheelchair users at the time of booking or before the day of your visit.  
 

We'll Meet Again Spring 2018 Dates

Our Spring 2018 event runs from Monday 5th March - Friday 9th March.

Spaces are filling up, book now to avoid dissapointment!

 

Original Gas Masks

Please note that children should under no circumstances bring original or vintage gas masks to the Museum as part of their World War Two visit. Templates for making replicas are provided in STEAM’s additional learning Resources for World War Two.
 

Important Information

We have a minimum group charge of 25 pupils for We’ll Meet Again.
 

Making a Booking

Take a look at our Planning Your School Visit page to find out more about booking your visit or to download learning resources to use before, during and after your visit.
 
To make a booking call 01793 466640 or email steameducation@swindon.gov.uk
 
Alternatively, click on the following link for our: Learning Enquiry Form

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