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King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..New recruits to the Museum Home Guard are put to the test during the event, by Home Guard Private Mark Taylor. (7364910)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..New recruits to the Museum Home Guard are put to the test during the event, by Home Guard Private Mark Taylor. (7364910)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..New recruits to the Museum Home Guard are put to the test during the event. (7364905)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..New recruits to the Museum Home Guard are put to the test during the event. (7364905)

As the nation prepares to mark 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War, West Norfolk youngsters have been given a taste of what life then was like.

A 1940s-themed day was held at the Lynn Museum on Thursday, featuring a range of activities and tastes of the period.

And scores of visitors even had the chance to try their hands at the type of training drills that the Home Guard themselves would have done in order to defend the nation against the threat of Nazi invasion.

Sophie Broomfield, the museum’s front of house supervisor, said the session had been one part of a very busy half-term holiday for the Market Street attraction.

King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Sophie Broomfield from the Museum giving wartime cooking lessons to this group of visitors. (7365026)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Sophie Broomfield from the Museum giving wartime cooking lessons to this group of visitors. (7365026)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Tasting the War Time Food on display...are Cody Beckett (6) and Alfie Beckett (4). (7364916)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Tasting the War Time Food on display...are Cody Beckett (6) and Alfie Beckett (4). (7364916)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Tasting the War Time Food on display...is Chloe Drew (7). (7364915)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Tasting the War Time Food on display...is Chloe Drew (7). (7364915)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Emma Campbell (Museum Assistant) who is dressed in an original Second World War Land Army Uniform, from the Museum Archive which was never worn during the war, with Florence Wyatt (6) holding a basket of Fresh Vegetables.. (7364914)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Emma Campbell (Museum Assistant) who is dressed in an original Second World War Land Army Uniform, from the Museum Archive which was never worn during the war, with Florence Wyatt (6) holding a basket of Fresh Vegetables.. (7364914)

She said: “It was really well attended. Over the three hours, we had 185 visitors. That is really good numbers for one of our event days.

“We’ve had a really good, busy week.”

The session offered the chance for youngsters to make their own Spitfire badges.

There was also the chance to learn about other aspects of life during the conflict, such as food rationing, and make and sample foods from the time.

King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Silas Hannant (10) came dressed in his 1948 British Army Uniform. (7364909)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Silas Hannant (10) came dressed in his 1948 British Army Uniform. (7364909)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Museum Homeguard Jasmine Castellari (5) with Home Guard Private Mark Taylor. (7365027)
King's Lynn Museum 1940's Wartime Family Activity Day..Museum Homeguard Jasmine Castellari (5) with Home Guard Private Mark Taylor. (7365027)

Actors took the roles of a Land Army girl and a Home Guard soldier to share stories of the period.



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