Imperial War Museum North Ministry of Food October Half Term Activity
Created by: events events, 30 September 2011
IWM North Learning Studio 22 to 30 October 2011. FREE ENTRY (donations welcome). www.iwm.org.uk/north Why were carrots eaten on lolly sticks and parsnips used instead of pineapple? Why were people encouraged to ‘Dig For Victory’ and what is Woolton Pie? Visit Imperial War Museum North in Manchester during the October half term holidays (22 - 30 October 2011) and discover how rationing affected the lives of everyday people during the Second World War. Free and fun for all the family, the Ministry of Food week-long series of activities will allow visitors to explore the theme of rationing and growing your own food. With artefacts, posters and archive footage, hands-on arts and creative sessions, storytelling and musical entertainment, the programme will bring the realities of rationing to life. Visit our Open Studio Family drop-in sessions, 1 – 4pm every day, to learn all about what foods were rationed during the Second World War and how people managed to cope without every day ingredients, such as sugar and flour, that we take for granted today. Find out about the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign and be inspired to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Get hands-on in our creative craft sessions, where you can design and take home your very own gardener’s apron, colourful fruit basket or allotment tote bag. Under-5s can sing along as they learn with Jo Jingles and her musical sessions, based on the theme of food and growing your own. Handle genuine artefacts from our Collections every afternoon in Timestacks sessions in the Main Exhibition Space. Take a look at the ration book of Alan Parker from Liverpool and a tin of dried egg equivalent to eight weeks’ ration. Every day, the War At Home Big Picture Show reveals more human stories from the Second World War through a 360 degree cinema style experience. Then pick up pocket money purchases such as a ration of sweets or a bouncy ball in the shape of an egg from the Museum shop. Ration bags are also available from the Museum cafe, while the Ministry of Food picnic room offers families another place to eat.
• Open Studio Family drop-in sessions, 22 – 30 October: Available daily, 1 – 4pm • Family creative activities; o Gardener’s Apron, 22 & 23 October: Keep clean while you dig for victory with a cotton apron featuring your own unique design o Bountiful Baskets, 24, 25, 29 & 30 October: Create your own beautiful basket to store all the fruit and vegetables you will learn how to grow at home o Allotment Totes, 26, 27 & 28 October: Decorate your own canvas tote bag to take home and keep • Jo Jingles Sessions (under 5s), 22, 25, 27 & 29 October: Food, glorious food! Join our free Jo Jingles sessions with songs on the theme on growing and eating food. • Timestacks Object Handling, daily at 12.30pm and 3.30pm: Handle genuine artefacts from our Collections. Hold the ration book that belonged to Alan Parker from Liverpool and a tin of dried egg equivalent to eight weeks’ ration.
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