Horrible Histories®: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show

Sat 18 May 2013 – Sun 17 May 2015

Daily at 11am with extra showings at 2pm during weekends and school holidays. Running time: 7 minutes.

Big Picture Show screening times

Step into the horrible world of Rotten Rationing with a brand new, immersive 360-degree Big Picture Show for all the family based on the world’s bestselling children’s history book series, Horrible Histories®, written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.

Meet Rattus Rattus as he takes you on a journey back to the woeful Second World War, where you can discover foul food, dig for victory, and make do and mend.

Walk into a Northern wartime food market, join in with a sing-a-long and imagine what it would be like to be served squirrel tail soup and sheep's head broth.

Explore the terrible truth about life during the Second World War 60 years after sugar and sweets finally came off the ration. Find out how people of all ages across Britain, including residents of Manchester, were affected by the Battle of the Atlantic.

Through new animations and unique material from IWM’s collections see how lessons learnt in tough times are still relevant today.

Marking 20 years of Horrible Histories®, this new 360-degree Big Picture Show brings Rotten Rationing to life and has been specially created in partnership with Scholastic Children's Books. It includes new artwork from acclaimed Horrible Histories® illustrator Martin Brown.

Please note that there will be no Big Picture Show at 2pm on Saturday 15 November.

Supported by The Oglesby Charitable Trust.

Collections in Context

In January 1940, the British government introduced food rationing...

Children in the Second World War
The Second World War brought many changes to the lives of children in Britain...

Clothes Rationing in Britain
Clothes rationing came into effect in Britain from 1 June 1941...


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Rotten Rationing

Watch a short trailer and find out more about what you can see in the Horrible Histories®: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show.