The Children’s War exhibition has been running fo a while at the IWM, and looks at the home front in Britain and the impact of the Second World War through the eyes of the children who lived through it. The 1940s House is one of the most popular parts - it's a recreation of a house of the time, complete with genuine furniture and props. Given the time of year, it's been dressed up in authentic Christmas decorations - paper chains and crepe tinsel, with cards, presents, and even mince pies in the oven!
But this is its last hurrah, because the exhibition is due to close on the 2nd January 2012. Boo!
Gawd save 'em!
Domestic goddesses, we are.
The whole museum is worth a visit, of course; but the house is especially lovely. Here's some seasonal sales blurb...
Families looking for something different to entertain the kids this holiday season should head down to IWM London for Christmas in the Wartime House family activities. From 17 – 23 & 28 – 31 December at 11.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm, visitors can find out how Christmas was celebrated during the Second World War on the British home front. At a time of rationing and shortages and no guarantee that families could be together it was still possible to celebrate. Join the learning team to find out more about a creative Christmas in wartime Britain and take part in a rolling programme of festive activities. Free drop-in activity suitable for all ages with parental supervision.
This is going to be Jeni's and my joint Christmas card - Royal family style.
Oh go on, just a small drop.
Do go along if you're looking for something interesting to do this festive period, once it's gone, it's gone! The shop does contain some truly excellent gifts though, perfect Christmas presents for vintage-loving friends.
Thanks to the IWM for having us, it was an absolute honour to step beyond the ropes and be snapped in the 1940s House!
PS. Because loads have asked already on Facebook, my dress is from Able Grable a couple of years ago, but it's not available any more... Jeni's is vintage, of course! And my shoes are from Office.