Learning about the heroics and hardships of the Second World War made for an enlightening day in class at New Leake Primary School.
The school hall was transformed back to the 1940s on Wednesday thanks to Wrangle-based mobile museum We’ll Meet Again.
Owners, husband and wife Paul and Linda Britchford, filled the room with wartime memorabilia, including deactivated guns, ammo, bombs, mannequins dressed as soldiers and Nazis, and items from the homefront in the 1940s.
Children were given educational talks, asked questions and got hands-on with the artefacts on display.
“The reaction we get from the children is overwhelming,” said Linda. “They learn such a lot from being hands-on with the items, which is an experience totally different from other museums.”
The day formed part of the school’s topic on the war and pupils were able to listen to a real-life air raid and write their thoughts on it; sit in the couple’s army truck, handle the items on show and learn about rationing and the Home Guard.
Paul said: “We introduced different artefacts from the Blitz, different bombs, all of which are safe, but it really brings the subject to life.
“They have handled weaponry and we have talked about the difference between real life and their computer games at home which we think is very important.
“It’s very important for them to learn about the Second World War this way and they respond very well.”
For more details about We’ll Meet Again visit www.mobileww2museum.co.uk.