Experience a taste of life in the 1940s at museum

1940s weekend at the Royal Marines Museum.   Picture: Stefan Venter

1940s weekend at the Royal Marines Museum. Picture: Stefan Venter

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A special event at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea next weekend really does have something for everyone,

Grandparents can reminisce while youngsters can learn about history as the Southsea attraction whisks entire families back to the 1940s.

Held in association with The News, the 1940s Weekend runs from September 23-25, beginning on the Friday at 7pm with a screening of the film Cockleshell Heroes.

Based on the real-life heroism of local volunteers, the classic film will be screened to visitors in one of the rooms featured in the film. There will also be an introductory talk featuring some of the fascinating stories not told on screen by a former member of the Special Boat Services, Kevin James.

There will be more on the Cockleshell Heroes as the weekend continues, with a costumed interpreter appearing as famous Cockleshell Hero Bill Sparks.

On the Saturday and Sunday, the fun really begins with two days of family entertainment.

The arena programme includes a 1940s ‘forces and civvies’ fashion show and a Home Guard ‘Section Attack’ and weapons demonstration, plus troop training, cookery and ‘make do and mend’ demonstrations.

On top of all this, children can join the museum Home Guard, walk around the Southsea museum grounds, meet re-enactors and visit the Royal Marines Museum.

On Saturday (September 24) there will be a special 1940s dance with the Tony Strudwick Orchestra in the grand setting of the museum’s Victorian Officers’ Mess Dining Room. And Now That’s Jive will be offering a 45-minute dance lesson before to the dance begins for those who want to learn some swing dance moves before the band start. The Quartermaster’s Kitchen will also be serving 1940s inspired meals from 5.30pm on Saturday too.

Then, on Sunday (September 25), visitors can sing along with the Highbury Area Band performing a 1940s big band concert.

The events run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.

Day tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for children. A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) costs £25.

Tickets to the Cockleshell Heroes screening cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Tickets to the dance cost £15 or £18 with the lesson added too.

Tickets to the Highbury Area Band concert cost £7.

To book, visit royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk or any branch of The News and see The News tomorrow for the chance to buy two tickets for the price of one.c

Schedule of events

Saturday, September 24

11am: Physical training 1940s style

11.30am: Second World War Royal Marines

Noon: The story of the Cockleshell Heroes

12.30pm: ‘Civvies and Forces’ fashion show

1pm: Section Attack by the 23 Sussex Home Guard

1.30pm: Physical Training 1940s style

2pm Second World War Royal Marines

2.30pm: The story of the Cockleshell Heroes

3pm: ‘Civvies and Forces’ Fashion show

3.30pm: Section Attack by the 23 Sussex Home Guard

Sunday, September 25

10am: Physical training 1940s Style

10.30am: Second World War Royal Marines

11am: The story of the Cockleshell Heroes

11.30am: ‘Civvies and Forces’ Fashion show

Noon: Section Attack by the 23 Sussex Home Guard

12.30pm: Physical Training 1940s style

1pm: Second World War Royal Marines

1.30pm: The story of the Cockleshell Heroes

2pm: ‘Civvies and Forces’ Fashion show

2.30pm: Section Attack by the 23 Sussex Home Guard

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