Step back to wartime days

A pair dressed up wartime gear at last year's Second World War weekend. Picture: Hannah Butt
A pair dressed up wartime gear at last year's Second World War weekend. Picture: Hannah Butt
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A Portsmouth museum is about to wind back the clock to the days of air-raid sirens, vintage fashion and digging for victory.

Actions Stations at the Historic Dockyard will host a Second World War-themed weekend with a focus on life on the homefront during the conflict.

The event will run tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 5pm and include vintage market stalls, plays, displays, music, models, movies and people in costume.

Administration manager Stuart Waterman said says about 15 traders selling vintage goods will set up shop on the upper level of Action Stations.

Two model display clubs, the Surface Warship Association and the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team, will be there with Second World War-era ships and tanks.

‘We’re also going to have a couple of re-enactment groups during World War Two characters, so you can expect to see air raid precaution wardens and other characters roaming around,’ Stuart says.

He says a volunteer choir and the Ubique Right of the Line Artillery Reenactment Group, which is based at Fort Nelson in Fareham, will also be involved.

‘We’ve had a lot of support from Highbury College this year as well,’ Stuart says.

‘The performing arts students will be doing live performances of a show they have produced just for the weekend, and fashion students have designed 30s and 40s clothes for them 
to wear.’

Stuart says the annual event is held on or near the anniversary of when the storehouse where Action Stations is housed was hit in a bombing raid on the night of March 10, 1941.

He says there will be special interest tours on at 10.30am each day for people who wanted to learn more about the history of the 1840s building.

The event is free with a valid dockyard ticket or costs £3 for adults, £2.50 for children or £10 for families. There will also be films shown tomorrow at No.6 cinema in connection with the event.

The Chronicles of Narnia will be shown at 4.15pm and The Imitation Game at 7pm.

For more information call (023) 9289 3338 or visit actionstations.org.