Saffron Walden Museum to host wartime inspired fun activities during half-term

Saffron Walden Museum

Saffron Walden Museum - Credit: Archant

This October half-term Saffron Walden Museum is offering families the chance to experience wartime food rationing, as well as take part in food-inspired art activities.

On Wednesday and Thursday October 29 and 30, typical wartime rations will be weighed out in the galleries to show visitors just how little food people survived on during rationing.

Wartime recipes and kitchen equipment will also be on display for families to handle and museum staff will be on-hand to answer questions and encourage everyone to design their own wartime-inspired food posters.

The creative theme is linked to the national, annual event the Big Draw, which encourages people of all ages to get involved with art projects across Britain.

So, whether it is a sketch of ‘Dr Carrot’ encouraging healthy living or a collage calling everyone to ‘Dig for Victory’, visitors can learn about wartime rationing and pass on important food messages through art.

The activities will take place between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm and are suitable for children 7 years and over (there will be some colouring in for the younger ones though, and there is always the sandpit).

Usual entry fees apply (Adults £1.50, Concessions 75p, young people 18 and under FREE).

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For further information contact Gemma Tully, the museum’s visitor & learning services officer, on 01799 510333 or by e-mail at