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Date updated: 24/07/2023

World War II had a huge impact on London and Londoners. The Blitz devastated the fabric of the city, families were torn apart and everyday life was turned upside down. Explore how Londoners responded to challenges including evacuation and rationing. Maps, letters and photographs show vividly what children’s lives were like in World War II.

Learn how close bombs dropped to your school and the devastation caused. Investigate the evacuation of children within London in this lively and interactive session. During World War II, film, photographs and posters were used to influence people’s behaviour and beliefs. Find out how this was achieved, what techniques were used by investigating some of the original material found in the LMA collections.

Bomb damage on the south side of Paternoster Square, looking towards St Paul's Cathedral, 1940
Bomb damage on the south side of Paternoster Square, looking towards St Paul's Cathedral, 1940 London Metropolitan Archives, City of London (by kind permission of the Commissioner of the City of London Police)
All workshops are offered free of charge and must be booked in advance. Where possible certain sessions can be delivered as outreach on site at your school. If you are interested in an outreach session, please indicate this on your booking form

Curriculum Connections:

Key Stages 2 and 3

  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • A study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments
  • The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • The different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity
  • Human and physical geography: understand the key processes in human geography relating to population and urbanisation
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