Authentic air raid experience

Little learners experience an air raid at Didcot Railway Centre
Little learners experience an air raid at Didcot Railway Centre

Experience a simulated air raid in an authentic industrial air raid shelter – that’s the invitation from Didcot Railway Centre.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, the Great Western Society education team is presenting a 30 minute programme to show what life was like for people living in Britain during World War Two.

It will start in the science, learning and railways carriage classroom with a pictorial presentation of the hardships of rationing, black-outs and bombing.

It will be followed by an experience of what it was like to be in an air raid, conducted in the GWS’s authentic industrial air raid shelter.

These will be scheduled at 45 minute intervals and are limited to 15 people at a time.

There is a short flight of steps down to the shelter and this may, regretfully, be inaccessible to wheelchair users.

The programme is aimed at primary schools and is suitable for all ages.