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Source: Aisle of Wight

14 Jun 2019

Children from six Isle of Wight schools will get first-hand experience of what it was like to be evacuated during the Second World War.

An annual event at Havenstreet’s Isle of Wight Steam Railway is taking place between 17 – 20 June 2019.

Organised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Service, the event recreates the scenario that tens of thousands of school children went through at the beginning of the war.

Pupils and staff from the schools will all dress up in Second World War clothes and will arrive at the steam railway complete with gas masks ahead of a ride on the train, mirroring the experience from the war years.

Pupils will taste authentic wartime recipes, such as eggless cake, will learn about rationing and make-do-and-mend toys.

As happened during the war, there’s every chance the lessons could be interrupted at any time by an air raid siren.

If this happens, the pupils must cram into an air raid shelter.

As they board their train, the children will be waved off from the platform, giving them an insight into how it might have felt to be evacuated all those years ago.

Monday to Thursday there will be morning sessions held between 10.15am – 12.30pm.

The activities have been put together by the Heritage Education Service to support the learning of students as part of their local history programme.

Factfile

  • Organised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Service, the event recreates the scenario that tens of thousands of school children went through at the beginning of the war.
  • Pupils will taste authentic wartime recipes, such as eggless cake, will learn about rationing and make-do-and-mend toys.
  • As happened during the war, there’s every chance the lessons could be interrupted at any time by an air raid siren.

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