We have some exciting free online events taking place for children and young people (and adults of course!) at The Devil’s Porridge Museum this Easter. We’re writing to let you know about them and encourage you to sign up. All events take place on zoom.
Our Re-enactment events have been kindly put on for us by the team of On War Service. You can visit their website below if you’re interested. On War Service
Easter Scavenger Hunt
2pm, Thursday 1st April
Children aged 7-11 are invited to sign-up for our Easter Scavenger hunt based around everyday things you might find around your home, an art challenge and hidden bunny bingo.
Growing up on the Home Front
11am, Saturday 3rd April
This is a child friendly session for the under twelves. Find out all about what life would have been like on the Home Front in Britain during the First World War. What was it like to go to school in wartime Britain? What would you have worn? What would you have had for dinner? And what toys would you have to play with? Join re-enactor Jane to find out.
Pariticipants are invited to bring along their favourite doll, action figure or soft toy to keep them company during this session.
Sign up here: Kid’s Session: Growing Up on the Home Front Tickets, Sat 3 Apr 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite
Eating like a Soldier
2pm, Saturday 10th April
Join re-enactor Helen for this child-friendly session for the under twelves! Find out all about the food a First World War soldier would have eaten, and if you like, you can even try a couple for yourself from the comfort of your own home. Participants will be sent a recipe for Hard Tack biscuits prior to the session for them to prepare and the parents are encouraged to purchase a tin of corned beef for children to sample as part of the session!
For those aged 12 or over, we have our ‘Treating Tommy’ online series running over the first two weekends in April. These sessions last for half an hour each and intorduce atendees to costume re-enactors speaking on different aspects of medical care during the First World War.
This would be particularly useful for anyone taking History of Medicine or World War One units at school.
Treating Tommy: Shock (12 and over)
2pm, Saturday 3rd April
This event has a strong medical theme, please bear this in mind when booking your tickets!
Join re-enactor Katherine of the Territorial Force Nursing Service and find out how soldiers were treated for shock during the First World War.
Be warned: you just might wince
Book your place here: Treating Tommy: Shock (12+) Tickets, Sat 3 Apr 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite
Treating Tommy: Amputations (12 and over)
2pm, Sunday 4th April
This event has aa strong medical theme, please bear this in mind when booking tickets!
Join re-enactors Alan as a First World War Medical Officer, and Linda as a Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Sister for this session on the performance of amputations on soldiers injured during the War. Not for the faint of heart!
Book your place here: Treating Tommy: Amputations (12+) Tickets, Sun 4 Apr 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite
Treating Tommy: Gas, Shells and the Body (12 and over)
11am, Sunday 11th April
This event has a strong medical theme, please bear this in mind when booking tickets!
Join re-enactor Jo as a First World War Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Sister as she briefs us all on the effects of gas and shells on the human body, making us all very glad we weren’t there in person.
Book your place here: Treating Tommy: Gas, Shells and the Body (12+) Tickets, Sun 11 Apr 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite
Treating Tommy: Medical Evacuation (everyone)
2pm, Sunday 11th April
Join re-enactor Elaine as a Nursing Sister of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service and find out what needed to happen during a medical evacuation to make sure patients were moved to safety.
Book your place here: Treating Tommy: Medical Evacuations (Everyone) Tickets, Sun 11 Apr 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite
Our Treating Tommy sessions are excellent fun for adults too, and as part of our re-enactor series, we are also running sessions aimed at all ages to involve the whole family.
Meet a Tommy
11am, Sunday 4th April
Join re-enactor Chris and meet a First World War Tommy.
This session begine with a pre-recorded demonstration prepared by Chris, after which he will talk to participants live about some of the artefacts that would have accompanied Tommy into the trenches. He will also answer your questions about life as a World War One soldier.
Book your place here: Meet A Tommy (All Ages) Tickets, Sun 4 Apr 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite
11am, Saturday 10th April
Join re-enactor Helen of the First World War Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps for this session of Air Intelligence. Find out all about Aerial photography equipment and intelligence maps and consider the war from the air!
Book your place here: Air Intelligence (All Ages) Tickets, Sat 10 Apr 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite
And finally adults and family history enthusiasts might particularly enjoy:
5pm, Sunday 11th April
The perfect session for family historians and anyone with questions they’d like answering about the First World War. Do you have an artefact at home relating to the war that you’d like to know more about? Do you have any family photos you’d like to share and discuss? Want to know more about the kinds of things your relatives may have done during the war? Then book your place on this session with Dave who will do his best to help you with your enquiries!
Whilst people are more than welcome to turn up with their items at the session, we do encourage you to email photogrpahs of your item against a dark background to email@example.com in advace along with your name so we can call on you during the session.
It would also be useful if you could do the same with an photographs after scanning them onto your computer. This will help us overcome some of the difficulties created by zoom, internet speeds and webcams!
Book your place here: Your Artefacts and Stories (Everyone) Tickets, Sun 11 Apr 2021 at 17:00 | Eventbrite