Mr Heayns, Mrs Hytner and Miss Jarvis escorted the Year 9s around the museum, with the challenge set of finding one particular Second World War gem: The Government’s Guide to Good Goat Keeping. Well done to Jonty Hughes and Leon Clayton, who successfully located this extraordinary item!
Students used the museum visit to examine artefacts from the First World War, including letters from soldiers to their loved ones; for many of the soldiers, these were the last letters they ever sent. The inter-war period helped to show how the Nazi Party rose to prominence in Germany. The museum had an extraordinary collection of items on display – everything from magazines to Nazi dolls – as well as ‘live’ radio and cinema broadcasts, helping to bring alive the atmosphere at the time. The museum had a collection of items from the camps of the Holocaust and the ‘Kindertransport’, used to rescue Jewish children from Germany in the months before the outbreak of war in 1939. The horrors of the Holocaust are a subject that we will come back to in more detail in the future.
A lighter note was offered with a tour of the ‘Horrible Histories: Blitzed Britain’ exhibition with interactive displays and some…interesting items to smell! It’s safe to say that we definitely didn’t enjoy the smells of the ‘stews’ that people at home had to eat during the war!