- Health and Wellbeing
Keeping Spirits Up!
Animals are extraordinary creatures with amazing abilities, including keeping our spirits up while many of us are staying safe at home during difficult times.
IWM experts Clare and Roly are here to show you some photos from IWM’s collections of different animals in wartime. Each of these animals had a very specific job… but what were they?
Part of the Family Mission series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020
Family Mission: Animal Investigators
Hello! My name is Clare and I work at Imperial War Museums. Except today, I’m not working at the museum – I’m working at home, with Roly!
Now animals are amazing creatures, and they have some really special skills, including keeping our spirits up when times are tough. Especially during times of war and conflict.
Now, for IWM’s Family Mission this week, we want YOU to become animal investigators! This means our collection is filled with photographs of amazing animals in wartime and we need you to investigate what is going on in those photographs.
Now you could do this by writing a news report, writing a short story, or even recreating the image yourselves. You could do this with a beloved family pet, your favourite animal toy or even – a sibling!
Now we would love for you to share your investigation findings with us on IWM’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. And if you need some inspiration, have a look in the post and thread below to see some examples from IWM staff. Bye!
Tiddles the cat.
Adam and Benji
IWM’s Customer Services Executive, Adam and Benji the cat.
A little girl feeding rabbits in Britain during the First World War.
Kirsty, Flo and Mac
IWM’s Public Engagement and Learning Producer, Kirsty with her rabbits Flo and Mac.
Little One the cat.
Jennifer and Bix
IWM’s Business Development Manager, Jennifer and Bix the cat.