The Britain at War Experience

December 12, 2009 at 11:55 am | Posted in General, London, museum, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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The Britain at War Experience near London Bridge station is a depiction of home life in the only recent war almost everyone agrees was necessary. That’s World War II.

After taking a lift (or a lift simulation?) downstairs you enter an ‘air raid shelter’ with bunks on either side and various period items to provide a sense of local historic colour. In the shelter you’ll have the opportunity to sit down and watch a video giving an overview of different people’s experiences of the war and the blitz.

The next few sections of the experience cover different elements of civilian life from family, entertainment, rationing, backyard shelters and the methods people use to maximise their resources or get around the restrictions.

The last part of the experience is a large scale section of street that’s presented post bombing, with audio track of London banter, smoke and ‘fire’ (ie red lighting). Kind of a random way to end but also kind of novel.

Overall it’s informative and interesting to see a civilian perspective. Personally I found it difficult to justify the £11.45 entry price because after months of unemployment I managed to see quite a few World War II documentaries on Discovery so it wasn’t providing anything particularly new. However, it was presented altogether, which is quite useful and it is beneficial to see actual items and stories.

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