Visit the Historic Duxford exhibition (outside Hangar 3). We asked lots of people what it was like to work at Duxford at different times, including during the Second World War. Listen to some of their stories and write down the name of one person who worked here during the war and one interesting thing that they said.
Find the prefabricated bungalow (on the way to the American Air Museum).
We have tried to highlight the areas of the museum which are relevant to your talk and provide activities for the children to do there – there is no expectation that any one class or group will complete the whole trail!
The trail is designed so that if it is printed double-sided, each worksheet will cover a specific area of the museum. You can choose to focus on any or all of:
Airspace (Hangar 1) – 5 minutes from the Visitor Centre and where your talk will be.
Airspace: The Magister is painted yellow so that it is easily seen and other planes know that they need to give it space. Spitfire 1 pilot, Lancaster 7 crew, Spitfire 1 engine, Lancaster 4 engines, Spitfire four cannon and up to three bombs, Lancaster bombs and 8 machine guns . Phyllis goes on to describe hurting her arm in the air raid (you can find her whole interview on our website here), but children are not expected to guess this!
Hangar 4: The items are an Anderson Shelter, a searchlight and a barrage balloon truck, in that order. Children would have had to remember a number of things including to eat carrots, save food, collect scraps, make do and mend and grow their own food (Dig for Victory). The Royal Observer Corps spotted aeroplanes and reported them to the RAF – the sandbags are to protect him from enemy planes.
Around the site: Douglas Bader, George Unwin and Brian Lane are famous names from Duxford, but there are many others. IWM Duxford collects all sorts of items from wars, even weapons and bombs, to remind us of the effect that they can have on people’s lives.