World War Two themed workshops at Imperial War Museum North

Date Posted: 06/07/2015

Throughout autumn, winter and spring terms, the Imperial War Museum North will offer a number of educational History workshops to complement its latest exhibition Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits.

The IWM North in Manchester has launched a number of workshops to supplement a visit to its new exhibition Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits. The workshops are aimed at pupils between Reception and Key Stage 4 and have been designed to develop their understanding of people’s experiences in the World War Two.

The Object Handling: Blitz workshop is a gallery-based handling session where students from Key Stage 2 and above explore the themes which characterised the Blitz: air raids, blackouts and civil defence. Over the course of the 20 minute workshop, pupils will examine genuine and replica artefacts and learn how to use evidence to enhance their understanding about the experiences of people in the past.

The Learning from Artefacts: Second World War Home Front workshop is suitable for students from Key Stages 2 to 4 and analyses the impact of the World War Two on the community. Throughout the 45-minute session, pupils will work in small groups to inspect artefacts and archive material linked to the Blitz, evacuation and social change. They will then present their findings to the rest of the class.

Reception and Key Stage 1 students, meanwhile, can attend the museum’s story telling sessions - Story Time: Billy’s Story and Flossie and Frank's Wartime Experience. These fictional stories are based on accounts of real people who lived through the Blitz and give pupils the opportunity to ask questions about war time experiences. After the Flossie and Frank story, students can test their creative writing skills through writing postcards inspired by the story.

The museum’s newest exhibition Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits runs from 11th July to spring 2016 and will convey the realities of living through the Blitz through a diverse range of memorabilia.

For more information, visit

Photo Credit: Jason Lawton

School Travel Organiser's Guide