Historic Image and Sound Collections:
Stockport Image Archive
A collection of historic photographs of all boroughs of Stockport. Includes images of Stockport landmarks and bombing raids in WWII.
Manchester Local Image Collection
A collection of images and historic photographs of Manchester.
Images from the North West
Merseyside Police archive of the WW2 bombing in Liverpool
Bomb Sight - Mapping the World War 2 Bomb Census in London
Bomb Sight is a project mapping every bomb dropped during the London Blitz. There are interactive online maps and a downloadable Android app with augmented reality function.
New Forest World War 2 Digital Archive
Includes images, personal stories and sound recording of World War 2 in the New Forest.
Footage of the bombin of Germany by the Allies during World War 2
Archaeology and World War 2
Open Access Book on Archaeology and WW2
This book would suit older children. It discusses wartime heritage in Britain in terms of places and physical remains. However, alongside this it covers topics such as the Home Guard, PoW camps in the UK and the child's experience of war.
A brilliant read!
Excavated World War 2 Aircraft
Defence of Britain Archive
A project that sought to collate information about the physical remains of wartime facilities and defences, including those from WW2. Includes an map referencess, archive material, and image gallery of surviving archaeology. All open access.
NB: The search page requires you to choose Anti-Invasion Records OR Non Anti-Invasion.
This site could form part of a broader project that involves investigating the local impact of WW2 or later conflicts.
WW2 Air Raid Shelters:
Stockport Air Raid Shelters
Stockport's air raid shelters, now a museum offering guided tours and an experience of life underground during World War 2.
London's Air Raid Shelters
A project in London involved volunteers excavating a lost WW2 air raid shelter in the ground of a school. Article on excavation of an air raid shelter at a school discusses artefacts discovered, graffiti, experience of being in a shelter and the memories of local people.
Academic Research on Air Raid Shelters
Details of an academic research project including links to articles at a variety of levels
Excavation of WW2 Air Raid Shelter, Bedfordshire
A more technical report of the excavation of an Air Raid shelter in Befordshire. Contains lots of images and drawings.
World War Activities for any age
Access your local image archive (See above)
Use these pages to search for images of World War 2 including bomb damage, defences etc… This can used to discuss the impact on local people.
Older children could be asked to use Google Street View to find what the places look like now.
It may also be interesting to think about how long it took to repair some areas, images from the 1960s, for example, show rubble from devastated areas. Satellite images of some areas, such as the south downs, show that bomb craters still feature in our landscapes.
Older children could be encouraged to think about modern images of bomb damage.
There are also national photographic collections available (see above).
Adults can compare historic images of local places during the war to modern photographs. We have used this very successfully to promote discussion and interest during our outreach events
World War Activities for children
Make a WWII ID Card
You can download a template from the website below
Use the ID Card to discuss the following topics:
Why carry an identity card?, Why might you need it? Who would be checking it?
Why does it ask for all this information?
Do we have something similar today?
Lake District Park World War Pages
Lots of WW I & II activity ideas on this webpage
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