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Second World War Week

Join us foe Second World War Week.

25 May - 02 June 2024

This may half term, be transported back to the Second World War and learn all about D-Day and the end of the war. We have some brand-new activities for you to enjoy as well as some returning favourites.

Audio Story:  Second World War Trail

Date: 25 May to 2 June
Timings: Drop in throughout the day
Price: FREE
Activity Length: 30-40 mins
Age: 4+ and suitable for all

Embark on an exciting journey through aviation history with our brand new audio trail! Let the fascinating stories of courage, innovation, and adventure captivate your imagination as you explore our exhibits and legendary aircraft.

With enchanting narration that brings history to life, you’ll hear the hum of engines, the buzz of radio chatter, and the tales of the brave men, women and animals who made a difference during WW2.

You will be guided through our audio trail by Woof Commander Antis The Dog and Flight Lieutenant Percy The Parachuting Penguin, inspired by the real life trusted companion of legendary RAF Air Gunner Robert Bozdech and by the lucky mascot of Flight Lieutenant Stan Chapman. Percy is prim, proper and always ready for action. Antis is fun-loving, enthusiastic and always by your side when you need him. Together, they will take you on a fun and exciting audio-journey outwith the realms of possibility and into the heart of thrilling stories from D-Day, Bomber Command, Spitfire Cockpits and much more.

Our audio trail promises you an accessible experience that transcends anything you’ve heard before. All you need is your own smart device and internet access and you’re good to go! Using the latest in 3D Sound Technology, you’ll find sonic worlds that bring alive the lost history of the past. Just remember to wear your headphones to engage the 3D audio experience.

Perfect for the whole family, you’ll find this one-of-a-kind experience in both the London and Midlands Museums this May Half Term.


Drill Games with Up and At Em History

Date: 1-2 June
Timings: Sessions start on the half hour from 10:30
Price: £5 kids
Show Length: 30-40 mins
Age: 5+

With D-Day looming it’s time to train the troops!

With rifle drill, bayonet practice and quick thinking can your kids be Commandos? The end of the war might be in sight but there’s hard work to do and it starts with training! Join us as we prepare to assault Fortress Europe! Up to 30 trainees at a time will go through the course from basic foot drill to charging into battle!

With wooden rifle and helmet and the encouragement of the drill instructors (!) have you got what it takes?

Airfix Make and Take

Date: Mon 27, Wed 29 May, Sat 1 June
Timings: Sessions start on the half hour from 10:30am
Price: £5.00 and includes everything you need
Activity Length: 30 mins to an hour (take it at your own pace)
Age: 8+

We have partnered with Airfix to bring you some brilliant Spitfire models to build, paint and take home with you this half term. Models are £5 and include everything to need to create your model Spitfire. This experience is great for those new to the hobby and is perfect as a first Airfix experience. No need to pre-book, just drop into one of our sessions on each day.


Lego Balloon Dragsters

Date: Mon 27, Tues 28, Thur 30 May, Sun 2 June
Timings: 10:30-12:00, 1:30-3:00pm
Price: FREE
Activity Length: 30 minutes

In this fun, FREE, workshop you will build and race your own Lego dragster powered by a balloon. All materials are provided and all ages welcome. Sessions are drop in so no need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


The Animal Victoria Cross – talk and activity

Date: 1 June
Timings: various sessions throughout the day
Price: FREE
Activity Length: 30 minutes

Local author Peter Hawthorne brings a presentation and activity about the animal Victoria Cross – the Dickin Medal. Come and listen to the stories of amazing animals who have helped to serve our country, including Rob, the flying dog with the SAS who served missions in Italy and North Africa in WW2 and GI Joe who saved a thousand British men by delivering a message; 20miles in 20 minutes. This fun talk includes a children’s activity to explore the animal heroes a bit more. No need to pre-book, just drop into one of our free sessions.


Spitfire Flypasts

Date:  Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June
Timings: 11:30am on Saturday, 1.30pm on Sunday
Price: FREE

Marvel as real Spitfire soars over the Museum. Our site has limited capacity, so those wishing to view the flypasts should pre-book their entry and car parking. Saturday’s flypast will take place  at 11:30am and Sunday’s at 1:30pm.


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