Yesterday we went on a Home Education Group trip to the Royal Marines Museum . Hannah and i had never been there before, despite it being almost on our doorstep, as i didn't really think it was somewhere she would enjoy. Anyway, since her friends were all going i thought we'd go along and give it a try. I was totally surprised! Hannah was really interested and joined in with all the activities. She even wanted to stay after the workshop and go around the museum again!
The day started off with a drill session outside in the museum grounds - it was bitterly cold but Hannah was well wrapped up and willing to give it a go!
Then we (thankfully) moved inside and the session leader told the children a little bit about who the Royal Marines are and what they do.
Next he told them about WW2 and talked about which countries were involved and why the war happened,
and then the children went into the classroom to learn about air raids. They were given maps of Portsmouth and learned how the enemy planned the bombing targets, finding locations and colouring them on the maps.
One of Hannah's friends dressed up as a WW2 marine and the session leader told them all about the kit the marines would have used to finish up the session.
After the workshop we all went to the cafe on site for lunch and then some of us stayed on to have a good look around the museum.
Here are some pictures from our afternoon!
A Home Front Kitchen
Life in the barracks around 1911 looked a lot like this!
In the trenches.
A model of Portsmouth during the bombing.
We went through the 'What it takes to be a Marine' section and established that Hannah does NOT want to join up!! She was finally coaxed into the practise tunnel by her friend Melissa though!
The 'Jungle Warfare' area had a real live snake in it!
Finally, here are Hannah and Melissa leaving the Jungle - they still look like they are having a good time!
The museum was really interesting, definitely one to visit if you're ever in Portsmouth.