Horrible Histories Blitzed Brits at Imperial War Museum Manchester

I love taking my children to Museums, taking them to find out about life before they came along, learning history and how people lived without tablet computers (and Minecraft!). Although I do find I need to be careful where we go as they can loose interest really easily if the museums are not fun enough to hold their attention.

Yesterday we were invited over to The Quays, Manchester to the Imperial War Museum to discover a new attraction they have just opened to the public, Blitzed Brits. Featuring Horrible Histories this new attraction offers all the fun which Lewis will grow to learn at school whilst learning how people lived through the Second World War.

IWM Blitzed BritsOur journey began back in the 1930’s from the first blackout and air strike finishing in 1945 when it was declared that the Second World War was over. During our tour we found out what is was like to live in blackouts, air raid shelters, live of rations, live in constant fear of an attack and so much more.

We got to try out cooking various recipes in the interactive kitchen, find out how supplies were rationed and also smell the crazy meal concoctions including Curried Carrots (yuck!).

IWM Blitzed Brits 2We got to try and squeeze into a air raid shelter and try to imagine living in these cramped spaces for hours or days on end – could you really imagine living in that cramped space with your nearest and dearest family members, eating, sleeping and toileting?!

IWM Blitzed Brits 3We found also found out about evacuations, children being sent in rural parts of the country onto farms where it would be safer for them. Living on farms and also clothing worn by children.

IWM Blitzed Brits 4There is so much to learn and so much fun to be had by kids at this event, especially kids of an age where they are learning about wars at school and are fascinated by Horrible Histories. Topped off with being able to get involved in interactive play, ride a war time bike, smell different war time scents it really does get your kids involved. At the end your child can write on a brick styled card, tell everyone who reads what they found best about their visit and help rebuild a wall.

IWM Blitzed Brits 5It was an absolute delight to be invited to Imperial War Museum to experience the Blitzed Brits event, it was also lovely to see how not only London was affected by this war but also Manchester. It was good to learn the history of the local area during these times. The Blitzed Brits event is now open to the general public and will the open until the 10th April 2016. Entry to the museum is free and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.


**This is not a sponsored post, we were invited along to Imperial War Museum North to visit the new Blitzed Brits attraction. All words and opinions are my own.


  1. redrosemummy

    30th July 2015 at 10:28 am

    It’s a fab exhibition isn’t it? Lovely to see you all too, it’s been far too long! Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

  2. Colette B

    16th July 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I find WWII so interesting, I’d be tempted to head down here without the kids 😉

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