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Immerse yourself in life during World War 2 by taking part in Nuneaton Museum’s special evening event, The Blitz and the Borough

Published on Tuesday, 9th October 2018

Take a step back in time and experience what life was like during the WW2 blitz when Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery became the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) headquarters for the Borough.

For its Museum at Night Event on October 27, visitors will be transported back to early 1941 and are invited to immerse themselves in the blitz experience by dressing the part, listening to a wartime sound piece, handling original artefacts and enjoying a trip to the mini cinema to watch a film about rationing.

 There will be lots of authentic activities to take part in, including; sorting salvage, making a gas mask, packing an evacuees suitcase and digging for victory. Guests will also be able to find out more about becoming an Air Raid Warden or joining the Home Guard and will be able to collect an ID badge as a memento of their visit.

 Councillor Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Art and Leisure said:

“It’s great that the museum is taking part in the national Museums at Night initiative.  This year’s event will give people a real insight into what life was like during WW2 in the Borough and the important role that the ARP service provided during that time.”

 Catherine Nisbet, Nuneaton Museum & Arts Officer said:

“The ARP initiative was central in dealing with bombing incidents during the war and provided a vast range of services for local people across the Borough during the blitz. I am delighted that the museum can celebrate this proud moment in its history and remember the crucial role that local people serving in the ARP initiative played during WW2.”

Suitable for all ages, the event will take place from 6 until 8.30pm and although free, donations will be welcomed, all children should be accompanied by an adult. 

Contact the museum on 024 7637 6158 email  museum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk or visit the website www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum