Students swap classroom for the Home Front

KEVI Year 10 and 11 students enjoyed a fantastic day at Eden Camp.
KEVI Year 10 and 11 students enjoyed a fantastic day at Eden Camp.
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WARTIME Britain was brought vividly to life for Morpeth pupils when they took a trip to a modern history museum.

Year 10 and 11 students from King Edward VI School visited Eden Camp in Malton, North Yorkshire.

The attraction is now the largest privately owned museum of its kind in the world, but it began as one of 1,500 camps built by the Government to house Italian and German prisoners who had been captured on the battlefields of Africa and Europe in World War II.

The museum uses movement, sound, lighting and smells to recreate 1940s Britain, with each of the huts dedicated to a different theme.

Pupils learned about famous battles, command systems and the trenches, as well as the Home Front, women at war and news reporting from the time.

There was also a chance to find out about everyday life during the war years, from looking at gas masks and air raid shelters to experiencing the music hall and 1940s fashion.