Monday 6 April 2020
  • Home Front
  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

Why were air raid shelters needed in the Second World War?

Join IWM expert Ngaire aboard her cosy houseboat on the River Thames as she tells real life stories of how people passed the time—whether they sheltered in their back garden or in underground tunnels. What would you have taken inside to keep yourself and your family entertained?

Hear stories about John, whose father built an Anderson shelter that they grew vegetables on top of in their garden, and Kitty, who spent nights in a communal bomb shelter in Camberwell with her family.

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The World's Best Den

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


  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day: WWII (Key Stage 3 &4).     
  • Warfare and British society 1250-Present (GCSE).    
  • London and the Second World War, 1939–45 (GCSE).
  • To understand what the Blitz was and why it was important for people to take shelter to stay safe.                                              

Letters from Home

Letters from Home

What would it be like if your only means of communicating with your family was a 25 word message that would take months to arrive?

Discover how the Hill family from Guernsey managed to stay in touch when war separated them by writing very short letters with the most important information they wanted to share - then have a go at writing your own.

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Explore Further

Poster for IWM learning content Adventures in History: Cakes Made from Carrots

Cakes Made From Carrots

Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War.  
Poster image for episode of Adventures in History: Carers Part One
History, Media Studies

Carers - Part One

Discover how people cared for the wounded in the First World War, how they used their skills and resourcefulness to make sure the injured were cared for.
Adventures in History: Amazing Animals graphic

Amazing Animals

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

Book A Visit to IWM

IWM London Exterior shot
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.
IWM North landscape view
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.