|We started collecting items for our display in September 2017. |
With only a few exceptions all are original 1940s items.
|Our main display is a 3m x 3m gazebo (which can be extended to 6m x 6m) housing our Windows on the War exhibition and a selection of memorabilia, including rationing, WVS, Girl Guides/Scouts, Home Front, make do and mend, washing and ironing, Upper Thames Patrol. We try to use mannequins, however this is weather dependent as they wear original uniforms. |
Suitable for outdoor events.
|Much the same as the main display, but without the Gazebo and can be scaled up or down from 1 x 6ft table to 3 x 6ft tables.|
Bombed out victims, roving living history display
|We love this one, we portray Mr and Mrs Wiles, who were bombed out of their home by a Doodlebug, suffering cuts and bruises and have only rescued a few of their meagre possessions in their cart, including a picture of the King, mother's prize clock and of course Mrs Wiles precious pussy.|
We have taken part in air raid re-enactments, also this went down a storm at the Black Country Museum.
Suitable for any event
New for 2020
WVS Information Bureau
Set on a trailer, which can be towed to any outside event. The trailer has been Giving demonstrations and short talks on all sorts of aspects of the Home Front, including rationing, cooking on the ration, make do and mend, etc. This is a work in progress, we are busy converting a trailer and decking it out, its first outing will be at Combe Mill at War on 19th April.
Great progress has been made on the WVS Advice Bureau, it is structurally finished and just the finishing touches and titivating to do. The ladies of the WVS Facebook group have named it "Nella" after Housewife 49 and also Eleanor Roosevelt who was a friend of Lady Reading and great supported during the war.