Travelling back to the 1940s - The return of the Evacuees

At the end of 2009 Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum took to the road with a new educational experience that brought together themes of the environment, how life was different in World War II, and how transport has changed from early in the twentieth century to the present day. Participating children even had the opportunity to ride in an old London Routemaster double-decker bus. Now the programme is being offered again and the advice to schools is don't be late as this is not a bus you want to miss!

The day begins with a ride from school to the museum on a London Transport Bus. Once at the museum children are taken back in time to the era of World War II and the experience of being an evacuee. Times were often hard but our lucky children have a number of treats in store including playing with some genuine Hornby trains from the 1940s, riding bicycles, tricycles and even Penny Farthings, visiting some farm animals on a smallholding (currently pigs and sheep), and helping with wash day using a dolly tub and mangle. In addition, children will be looking at some old local photographs to discover how buses have changed over the last century, role-playing as bus conductors and fare-paying passengers (with appropriate costumes and using pre-decimal currency)  and learning about some Christians who opposed Hitler and plotted to kill him and some others who made friends with German prisoners of war. Finally pupils will catch the 'global warming swingometer' of today by learning simple lessons about thrift and recycling from the 1940s.

The programme (10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.) is available at Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum during the first three weeks of March. The cost of the 64 seater routemaster is £190 (from Routemaster Travel of Crewe). The charge by Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum is £2 per child. As the programme will be run partly out of doors numbers of pupils and supervising adults up to the capacity of the bus can be catered for. Schools can make their own alternative transport arrangements if they wish. Children can bring spending money for the gift shop if appropriate.

For more details of this and other educational programmes offered by the museum, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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