Wartime at Thwaite Mills Watermill
Site: Thwaite Mills
This workshop is led by museums staff.
Bomb blasts and no bananas! What was life like during the Second World War at Thwaite Mills?
During this two-hour workshop, pupils will:
- gain knowledge and understanding of food and materials shortages during the Second World War, and the emotions connected to these shortages
- develop speaking, listening (group work) and language skills associated to the Second World War, in particular the Blitz and the Home Front
- develop an understanding of the fear surrounding bombing raids, and the precautions taken during a raid
- gain an insight into the Leeds war effort and ground their knowledge in the locality
- have fun!
During the workshop activities, the class will be split into three groups to rotate around the activities.
Pupils will have the opportunity to discover three aspects of life during the Second World War at Thwaite: the Home Front (including rationing), the Blitz and the role of the Mill in putty production.
Pupils will test their numeracy skills by weighing out real food rations in the kitchen and discussing how much, or how little, people had to eat. They will explore the idea of supplementing diet through Dig for Victory, and discuss a Make Do and Mend wedding.
Pupils will develop their enquiry and questioning skills by identifying and handling real and replica 1930s objects. They will experience the noise of the air raid siren and evacuate the house into the Anderson shelter where they will discuss what it would have been like to spend long dark nights in such a small space.
The groups will have a tour of the Watermill and explore the increase in demand for putty due to repairing bomb damaged houses during the war. Pupils will explore the processes behind putty production, smelling the linseed oil and feeling the chalk, then have a go at repairing a 'bomb damaged' window. They will also discuss bombing raids and identify possible targets for raids in Leeds and the precautions taken against these.
For more details or to make a booking, please contact Thwaite Mills Museum on 0113 2762887.
History: 1. Chronological understanding; 2. Understanding of events, people and changes in the past; 4. Historical enquiry skills; 5. Organise and communicate historical information; 7. Local history study; 11. Britain since 1930.
Literacy: En1: Speaking and Listening
Maximum numbers: Class of 30