Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 December

11am – 4pm

IWM London

Free event

‘To release ships on the fighting fronts, you, on the ‘Kitchen Front’, have the job of using these foods to the greatest advantage…’

Advice from the Ministry of Food throughout the Second World War encouraged families to eat vegetables for ‘buoyant vitality’ and use foods like flour, oats and potatoes to ‘build up satisfying meals’.

Feeding a family was a daily struggle with shortages and endless queues – just because you had coupons in your ration book didn’t guarantee the shop would have what you needed available.

Rationing required the ability to make-do and be inventive – substituting foods in recipes and growing extra food at home.

Join us on a journey through IWM London to discover how the Kitchen Front helped the war effort!


Christmas on the Home Front

11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

Atrium, Level 0

Step back in time for a wartime Christmas with theatre company Story Spinner. Join a WREN (Women’s Royal Navy Service personnel) in her pop-up 1940’s home as she prepares for Christmas.

Discover what it takes to carry out a vital wartime job, while hosting family Christmas during the pressures of evacuations and military deployment.

Can you pull together to put the decorations up, prepare dinner and keep spirits high with songs and parlour games?


Wartime Kitchen

12pm & 3pm

Outside the café, Level 0

Sample food made to genuine wartime recipes by our IWM chefs. What do vegetables taste like as a sugar substitute?


Sugar Shortages and Sharing Fairly

Drop-in, 11am – 4pm

Atrium, Level 0

Get hands on with our wartime kitchen object handling session and find out about rationing, seasonality, substitutions and shortages.

Learn how to measure out your own weekly ration of sweets and take a small treat home with you!


 We Were There: Children of the Second World War

From 11am | Subject to volunteer availability

Meet eyewitness who lived through the Second World War as children – hear their stories and memories of food, including some who had never seen a banana until the war’s end!


IWM London building

IWM London
Lambeth Road

  • Lambeth North
  • Elephant & Castle