Gosport museum gives visitors a taste of war-time Britain

DANCING Swing dancers Helen Childs and Jamie Dunkley provided entertainment at the event.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121310-9532)
DANCING Swing dancers Helen Childs and Jamie Dunkley provided entertainment at the event. Picture: Sarah Standing (121310-9532)

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IT WAS a step back into war-time Britain and a taste of life 70 years ago as the spirit of the 1940s was celebrated.

The Explosion Museum in Gosport was transported back to the Second World War as more than 200 actors made history come to life.

FIRST AID Re-enactors Jo Nutley and Graham Filer.  (121310-8279)

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There were old war-time objects, an old police station, a first aid tent, rations and old fashioned sweeties.

There were also many displays taking place over the weekend, including a mock-up of an air raid, gun demonstrations, a march into the site as troops arrived from camps and the arrival of ‘Prime Minister Winston Churchill’.

Nick Hewitt, museum director, said: ‘For us this is really important, it’s our season opener.

‘It’s an interesting period in time – there is an ongoing fascination with it.

‘I am absolutely thrilled with how it went.

‘It started from nothing last year and our aim is to gradually grow it.’

Charlotte Cooper, 42, from Soberton near Wickham, brought her family along to the museum for the day.

‘It’s really good. It puts everything into perspective,’ she said.

‘It makes it more real. It’s very interactive and very interesting.’

Sarah Whipp, 34, travelled down from her home in Watford.

She said: ‘It’s been really good. I’m surprised by the amount of effort that has been put in.

‘It’s really nice for the kids to be able to see how things were and what the country went through. I don’t think children appreciate the sacrifices made.’