School Talks

We are equally happy to do a Zoom or a face-to-face talk for your school (depending on distance).

Wartime Children
The talk is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation using very many original photographs, music and videos with narration by us.  Topics covered are:

When WW2 started
What life was like in the 1940s
Clothes rationing
What clothes children wore
Bombs
Air-raids
Gas Masks
What School was like
Punishments
Fun, games and toys
Pets
Evacuation
Food rationing
Dig for Victory
National Service
Salvage
Groups for Children (Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides, others)
VE Day and the end of the war

Please note, we have a practice air-raid which includes a loud siren and sounds of explosions.

Talks by Zoom
Talks by Zoom are complete free, however if you would like to make a donation towards our running expenses, we would be grateful.  We ask that Zoom talks are not recorded or copied as this contravenes copyright.

We have our own Zoom license and can set up the talk invitation.  Please be assured that the Zoom invitations will not be shared to any third party by us.  The Zoom session will be set up 10 minutes before the start of the talk for you to ensure that all links work.
The talk will last for 1 hour but please allow extra time at the end for questions.
We are not able to do talks by any other platform, ie Microsoft Teams.

Face-to-face talks
We are very happy to come to your school to give a face-to-face talk within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Berkshire. In addition to the talk we will bring a small display of related original memorabilia for the children to look at.  Sadly we cannot currently allow the children to touch the items as they cannot be sanitised.

A minimum of 45 minutes is needed to set up for the talk, which can be reduced considerably with help transporting from the car and the use of a smart board if you have one.  The talk lasts for 1 hour, but please allow additional time at the end for questions.

We are non-profit making and face to face talks are free, however we may ask for help with our travel costs and if you wish to make a donation to help with our other expenses (software and photo licenses, equipment, etc) it would be appreciated.

Do you have DBS checks?
No, we do not have DBS checks. We have been advised by the agency that we are not entitled to get DBS checks as we are not a company or affiliated with a charity or church.

We do not expect to be left alone with the children at any point and at least one other adult must be in attendance.

How do I make a donation?
Donations may be made using any of the following:
1. Bank Transfer:  HSBC
Mr B N Wiles
Sort Code 40-47-07
Account Number 31559990
2. By cheque to Mr B Wiles, 85 Church Road, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 8JF

How do I book a talk?
Please e-mail contact@doingtheirbit.co.uk with your request.  We aim to answer e-mails within 1 day.

What information do you need from me?
Your name, school name, address and contact phone number.
If you have a particular day, date or month in mind.
Approximately how many children are expected.
If there are any children with special needs.

*All photos have been displayed with permission.