Tuesday 14 April 2020
  • Home Front
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

Can you really make a tasty cake from vegetables?

Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her little houseboat on the River Thames as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War. How would you have gotten creative in the kitchen to keep your family well fed?

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Cakes Made From Carrots

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. 

  • GCSE - Warfare and British society, c1250-Present.   

  • To increase understanding about life on the Home Front and rationing during the Second World War.

An eggless sponge

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An eggless sponge

Rationing meant that foods such as eggs, butter and meat were often in short supply. Ingenuity and inventiveness were needed to satisfy a family’s sweet tooth.

Try this Eggless Jam Sponge recipe, hot from the IWM archives, and solve the mystery of an eggless cake.

Watch the mission briefing

Rationing in Britain

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Rationing in Britain

Find out more about rationing during the Second World War in this film from 1944. In it, an American commentator explains how one family copes with the rationing system, the workings of 'point' systems and other restrictions, and the difficulties people face when eating 'on the ration'.

© IWM COI 155




Poster for IWM's learning content Adventures in History: The World's Best Den

The World’s Best Den

Why were air raid shelters needed in the Second World War? Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people passed the time—whether they sheltered in their back garden or in underground tunnels.  
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Amazing Animals

Join IWM expert Clare as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes.

Book A Visit to IWM

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IWM London

School visits to IWM London

Discover the stories of lives shaped by war and conflict from 1914 until the present day. Step into the iconic atrium, explore the brand new Second World War Galleries and experience our new learning facilities.
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IWM North

School visits to IWM North

Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.
IWM Duxford Showcase
IWM Duxford

School visits to IWM Duxford

Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford. See aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew. And get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.