December 11 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A museum has been remembering how people in rural areas lived during the Second World War.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Museum of East Anglian Life, in Stowmarket, held its Countryside at War event.
Farming methods used during the period were demonstrated with actors dressing up in costumes to represent workers at the time.
Lisa Harris, collections manager, said: “It was a good fun day, the weather was against us but we had all sorts of things going on. We had military vehicles and steam engines to recreate the countryside at war.
“The event went across the top field, Abbot’s Hall and the cottages.
“It worked really well to organise it with the Battle of Britain –any veterans were allowed to enter for free on the day – it was a way to say thank you.
“The event is something we want to grow year-on-year.”
She said the museum was looking to arrange a Battle of Britain flypast for next year’s event.
Girls from the First Stowmarket Guides came along wearing uniforms resembling what they would have worn during the period.
On the day people were able to collect identity cards, join the Home Guard for drill practice and learn how to put out fires with a old-fashioned stirrup pump.
People had to rush into the Morrison shelter during air-raid practice.
Lessons on wartime fashion, hair and make-up as well as rationing and cooking during the war were also on offer.
In the Crowe Street Cottages tours were provided.