Thursday 9 July 2020
  • Art
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

War Art

Taking inspiration from the War Artists Advisor Committee commissioned portrait of Charity Bick. At just 14 years old, Charity lied about her age so she could become a volunteer dispatch rider during the Blitz. Despite lying about her age, Charity became the youngest person to be awarded the George Medal for bravery. Watch the video below to hear about Charity's story.

Mission Brief

Part of the Family Mission series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020. CBBC Presenter Ben Shires delivers your mission briefing.

Here's Ben's example!

A drawing of a dog produced for IWM's Family Mission
Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-ring, 1943, by Laura Knight
© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2850)
Try our art quiz!

Take a close look at some special artworks and explore some of the amazing details they contain.

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Explore Further

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.  
Adventures in History: Painting Life graphic
Art, History

Painting Life

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War.  
Adventures in History: On the Home Front - Part One Graphic

On the Home Front - Part One

Join IWM expert Ngaire as she helps us discover the extraordinary stories of the people who rose to the challenge of life on the Second World War Home Front.  


Family Mission has been created with the generous support of Old Possum's Practical Trust