Enjoy two-for-one admission if you come dressed to impress in your Forties finery
Join us for our brand new event, Back to the Forties, on Sunday 29 September, as we time-travel back to Britain on the Second World War Home Front.
Come dressed in your 1940s finery, clutching your Back to the Forties voucher, which you can download from the IWM website at http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/back-to-the-forties and enjoy two-for-one entry to Back to the Forties and the whole of IWM Duxford (Sunday 29 September only).
We’re also holding a Best Dressed competition; our sartorial experts will be scrutinising entrants to find that perfectly authentic Forties look.
You’ll meet a range of wartime characters, including Land Army girls, a char lady, a wartime bobbie, a member of the Home Guard, an ARP Warden and civilians going about their daily life. Watch out for the wartime spivs who will try to charm you into buying their black market wares!
There’ll be the opportunity to sing along with your favourite 1940s songs as we hear from vocal entertainers Marina Mae, Nina Rae and Pete Wayre. Learn some nifty dance moves from our lindy hop dancers and find out how to look your best despite the clothing coupons with Harry and Edna’s Fashion on the Ration display and our Make-do-and-Mend activities.
Learn how to cook up a storm despite the ration book, discover how to put out an incendiary bomb with the National Fire Service, have a go at wartime games and visit the Women’s Voluntary Service with their indispensable tea wagon.
Listen to the authentic snap and crackle of the wartime 78s played by our gramophone DJ and be inspired to do your bit for the war effort with rousing speeches by the great wartime leader, Winston Churchill.
Living history groups bring to life the British and American forces on the Home Front. See a recreated RAF Operations Room as it would have been in the midst of the Battle of Britain in 1940, with live demonstrations showing who was in charge and how the operations room functioned as aircraft were called to ‘scramble!’
There will also be a display of RAF navigational equipment; an RAF airfield observation post, with period equipment and an RAF vehicle with Bomber Command markings; and an RAF aircrew poised to be called into action at any moment.
See a British Red Cross tent with medical equipment and tools, Home Front items and Fred, the resident casualty, who has certainly been in the wars!
There’s a display of a 1940s jeep and equipment used by British airborne troops and also of American airborne troops during D-Day.
GI 41-45 represent the 41st American Armoured Infantry on check point duty, complete with jeeps, tents and sandbags. USAAF B-17 Crews present a static dispersal point as they await their next bombing mission.
See members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force manning a Chain Home Radar Receiver Station and enjoy the gallic delights of a period 1940s French café.
We’ll also have a glorious array of period vehicles, both military and civilian. Proving that it wasn’t all war work and no play, we’ve also got a 1940s picnic scene complete with period vehicle.
Wing Co Joe’s Café will be getting into the wartime mood with some vintage decorations and a specially created Dig for Victory menu, including leek and potato soup, corn beef hash and stout gravy, chicken broth and dumplings and Dig for Victory vegetable crumble.
Ladies can indulge in some fabulously forties hair and make-up demonstrations and make some vintage purchases at our pop-up shops.
Join us for a trip back in time to the Second World War Home Front and remember, it’s unpatriotic not to look your 1940s best!