Our unique WW2 Home front workshop looks at life on the home front through the unusual format of crime.

The students can step into the past by donning costumes, such as an ARP wardens helmet & overalls, Housewife pinne or Home Guard uniform.  All are given identity card for the workshop and characters to assume.  They are then put on trial for various WW2 crimes. Including importantly a 5th columnist crime.

Many things were considered a crime in wartime which would not normally be, such as throwing away a bus ticket (wasting paper) or smoking in the blackout.  Students have to pick out the real wartime crimes from the red herrings.  They are placed in groups such as housewives, ARP, Fire guards, Military & emergency services and have to vote if it's a real crime or not.  Then with the aid of our highly technical swingometer they can work together towards achieving victory or worse invasion!

This is a great way to introduce lots of wartime subjects such as rationing, make do and mend, ARP, Home guard, salvage, etc.  Students can also turn detective and catch the spiv.  There are many original WW2 artefacts and display items to examine at the end of the workshop such as a WW1 Lewis machine gun (used by Home guard), Lee Enfield Rifle (as used by HG) mills bombs, gas masks (cleaned & certified safe), replica rations, incendiary bomb etc.  A real WW2 Morrison table shelter can also be brought along.

Here is what one school, SWP School in Surrey said about our WW2 workshop:

‘We have been inviting Happening History, Karen and Wel into our school for years, and I do so each year with absolutely no hesitation!  Their attention to detail, strong performance, enthusiasm and knowledge really do bring the Homefront to life.  Our students also benefit from the ability to get their hands on a wide range of artefacts each time they come, it is like a mini museum popping up in our hall.  I would unreservedly recommend them,.’

Costs are based on your schools location & number of students attending the workshops. Please contact us for a competitively priced experience your students will never forget.

Happening History are husband & wife team, Wel & Karen Hamilton-Viall. We have been providing school workshops since 2005 as our full time occupation. History is our passion! We have £5 million public liability insurance and enhanced CRBs can be provided on request.


KS1 Age 5-7, KS3 Age 11-13, KS4 Age 14-16, KS5 Age 16-18


Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Greater London, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Surrey, West Midlands

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