Poole Museum
Free Entry
Opening times:
From 1 November,
Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm

Closed: 24 December (pm only),
25 - 28 December and 1 January 2022.

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World War II Experience

This workshop is for pupils learning about Britain since 1930. The workshop takes place at Scaplen’s Court, making use of the period building. It can run as a 2 hour session or a 4 hour session if you choose to continue with the activities after lunch.

Learning Outcomes

Pupils will: 

1. Understand the impact of World War II on people’s lives

2. Learn about characteristic features of the period.


Arrival, introduction, discussion about wartime rations and air raid safety instructions.

Group making activities: 

1) Preparing vegetables

2) Pancakes

3) Oatmeal scones

4) Making Victory pasties

5) Make do and mend

Clean and tidy up

Lunch (not provided)

World War II school, fire practice, and singing

Tasting and discussion


Staff ratios

Your class will be divided into five groups. You should bring six adult helpers. Five adults will be needed to supervise the group activities and the class teacher should float between groups. 


The workshop involves drama and role-play. We encourage pupils and adults to dress in wartime style outfits. Your class will be playing the role of workhouse inmates so costumes should be rough and ready rather than fancy. It can get quite cold at Scaplen’s Court, so warm costumes should be worn in cool weather.



We are very happy for our staff to be photographed working with your pupils. Where consent is available we would be grateful for copies of digital photos we can use for promotion and publicity.


Health and safety

A risk assessment has been prepared to assist you in your risk assessment. This will be provided when you book.



If your group has specific issues, such as special educational needs, learning or physical disabilities please raise these when booking so that we can tailor the session accordingly.



You will be invoiced for the workshop after our visit. Please advise us of any relevant order numbers if appropriate.


Further enquiries

For booking, further information or a discussion of your needs and the suitability of the workshop please contact our Learning Assistant on 01202 262628 or email us.

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