Life during wartime

‘Let us go forward together’ poster
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What can you discover about life on the Home Front in Britain?

Using original documents held at The National Archives, students are given the opportunity to develop their document analysis skills to draw out evidence that will help them to build their knowledge of life in Britain on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Students will have the opportunity to work with photographs, posters, film clips and leaflets in order to draw out some of the main issues that faced the government and the public during wartime. They will be taken through a step-by-step process that will demonstrate how they can work with historical documents to find out about the past while encouraging them to raise questions about the documents under analysis.

At the end of the session we encourage students to reflect upon the skills and knowledge they have built throughout the session. Students will be asked to explain how they have used documents to find out about life on the Home Front and provide tips on how to analyse historical documents.

This session is delivered as a videoconference and a virtual classroom. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:

Virtual classroom

in your classroom

1 hour


in your classroom

1 hour

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 2

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