A Wartime Childhood (WW2)

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Loans Box : A Wartime Childhood

“Very informative books and real artefacts of the time. Ideal for teaching KS2/3/4 History through tutoring”  – Home Tutor

KS 2

Subjects: History, Literacy, Geography

A wartime childhood was obviously affected by many aspects of the world war, which for the first time had come to the Home Front. This long list of items included contains many that might have been included in an evacuee’s suitcase as they set off from home for an unknown foster family in the country.


Brown Leather Suitcase Containing all items with *
*Children’s Friend Annual
*Replica Junior Ration Book
*Birthday Card and 7 Family Photographs
*Handknitted tank top (sleeveless jumper)
*Vest, Socks, Pants
*Small blue towel & soap
*pair of pyjamas
*Handknitted Balaclava
*Purse containing 8 coins
*Tiddlywinks Game
*Metal Toy Soldier in Capstan Tobacco Tin
*Players Tin with 13 Cigarette cards & 2 bus tickets
*Knitted Teddy Bear
*Replica ID Card
*Jolly Stories for Children
Blue Suitcase containing all items with #
# identity card
# Replica cards & leaflets
# Replica evacuees’ letters
# Letter from Rev Mike Catling to Mrs Baxter
# 2 bars Wrights Coal Tar Soap (wrapped)
# Blue flowery dress
# Blue hand knitted scarf, cardigans & mittens
# Beige hand knitted bonnet with button
# Brown felt animal
# Flat faced teddy with jingle
# Pair black socks
# pair white knickers
# white vest
# doll dressed in peach knitting
# white flannel with unwrapped bar of Wrights coal tar soap
# Toothbrush
# red flannel nightie
# ration book
# Mabel Lucie Atwell Annual
In large box
Grandfather’s Whiskers Card Game
Wooden Dress-Up Doll
Wooden Machine Gun
Elastic Band Shooting Range (3 soldiers, gun, rubber bands)
Pair Wooden Block Clompers
Bag of Marbles
Handkerchief Parachute
2 Wooden Battleships
Knock-Down Battleships Game
Wooden Spitfire
Enamel Chamber Pot
Blank Evacuee Labels
Birthday Card with National Savings Stamps
Boys Own booklet
Tin of Dried Eggs x 2
Tin for Chocolate and Boiled Sweets
Evacuees Teacher Book
Searchlight toy
Photo of school gas mask drill
Tail fin from a shell
Baby Jill cut-out doll
Wooden Spinning top
School Milk bottle
Allenbury’s feeder (Baby bottle)
Vitamin token book for child under 2
National savings certificate
General ration book 1947-48
1944-45 Clothing ration book
1943 replica identity card
Postcard about waste paper
Replica Keep Calm & Carry On poster.
8 Wartime coins
Tea ration tin
Union Flag Bunting
Books, Leaflets and DVDs & DVDs
Keep Fit
Britain since 1930
Wave Me Goodbye
The Blitzed Brits
Goodnight Mr Tom
Carrie’s War
WW2 Food Rations Sheet
BBC Eyewitness 1938-45 DVD
Spitfire DVD
The 1940’s House
Evacuation Why and How
Your Food in Wartime
Your Children’s Food in Wartime
Simple Household Repairs
A Woman’s Place Now
War Cookery Leaflet
Wartime Cookery to Save Fuel
War Emergency
War on Disease
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Loans Boxes for Educational purposes


Our Loans Box service is again free of charge to schools, childminders and home educators.

A small charge of £15 per box for up to two weeks is made for care homes and all other individuals and organisations wishing to use this service.

Free and paid-for loans boxes are booked online (if you have any questions, please telephone on 01665 605847

How to Book


  • Click on the calendar below to check the dates you want are available and reserve your two week period from Saturday to Saturday (please note if you exceed the 14 days it will not allow you to book)· Click on the ‘Sponsored or Not’ drop down to confirm whether you qualify for the free loans box or whether you need to pay the fee
  • Click on Book Now to complete your booking
  • Complete relevant details and Proceed to Checkout

Please note: All bookings run from Saturday to Saturday and users must collect and deliver the loans boxes back to Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm). Loans Boxes and any additional items not contained in the loans box must be returned by at least the stated return date. You may return them early but note we are not open on Mondays.  See our Terms and Conditions (and please ensure you read paragraph 12 which details terms and conditions for Loans Boxes).

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