The Imperial War Museum in Manchester is one of our favourite places to visit, so when we heard that they had a new exhibition, we couldn’t wait to see it.

Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits transports children (young and old) back to the Second World War, complete with sounds and smells!


We collected our ‘Survival Guide’ and Munchkin immediately wanted to get started. We headed to the first Survival Station, he found the ‘loathsome letter’ and started filling in the guide.

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Learning about rationing really interested Munchkin. He couldn’t believe that food was limited and, having looked at the foods and learning what was and wasn’t rationed, he braved the pans of war time foods, taking part in a blind ‘smell test’.

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Mr sixdegrees and Munchkin were really intrigued about what happened to the scraps too.


We learned about the blackout; how the lights from cities helped the enemy pilots navigate, so all man made light was extinguished at night. Then we made an A.R.P warden glove puppet.

Munchkin tried out the Morrison Shelter – the self-assembly, indoor bomb shelter that the government distributed.

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Learning about the evacuation procedure was a real eye opener for Munchkin. He was horrified to learn that children were sent away from their parents for such long periods of time…

The exhibition is so interesting. It’s completely interactive and suitable for all ages as you can do as much or as little as you want. And of course, all the regular exhibits are still available to view

The Imperial War Museum is open every day 10am – 5pm with free admission.