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Britain Since 1930 Audioguide Programme for Primary Schools

A self-led two-hour programme for up to 2 classes KS2
Lunchroom provided
1:10 adult:pupil ratio requested; we recommend that you participate in the programme in groups of no more than 10 pupils

Session objectives

  • By using Milestones' Audioguides, 1930s collections and hands-on activities, pupils are encouraged to discover different elements of the 1930s.

Session outline plan

  • Introduction to the museum, our collections and the style of the museum
  • Exlanation of how to use our Audioguide wands
  • Programme - mixture of Audioguide stops at objects/collections, hands-on activities, engaging with staff, observing demonstrations

Below are the themes you can choose within our Britain Since 1930 topic and the objects/collections they use. Each adult in your group will be given a map with numbers at the objects/collections. On the back of the map is a list of the themes and their numbers - these relate to the numbers on the front of the map and are the ones you will press into the Audioguide wands to hear narrative.

Home Front Life 1939 - 45

The Anderson Shelter, Thornycroft Factory, 1930s kitchen, The Bicycle Shelter, The Sweet Shop

This topic focuses on aspects of life during the war effort at home, from using the Anderson Shelter to travelling to work.

Life in Britain in the 1930s

The Cycle Works, Leonard Bicknell’s Hardware Store, Beale’s Toy Shop, H.J. Wallis Gramophone shop, The Gas Showroom, Collections Corner, 1940s dining room, Webber’s car showroom

This topic looks at the way life was changing generally in Britain in the 1930s, including the shift from gas to electricity in the home and developments in home entertainment.

Hands-on activities include

  • Wartime Journeys: 5 pieces of luggage, 5 characters. Can you decide whose you have in front of you by looking at the contents?
  • The Anderson Shelter: a chance to experience a replica Anderson Shelter, see photos of real Shelters and hear oral history accounts of Hampshire people's memories.
  • Anderson Shelter Boxes: two families and two boxes of essentials for a night in the Shelter. Which box belongs to which family?
  • Costumed Role-play: - we have replica child and adult sized Victorian costume in the marquee on the Agricultural Showground for visitors to try on over their normal clothes.
  • Slogans: match the beginnings and endings of well-known wartime slogans

All activities are marked on the map you will be given and have green Group Leader instructions for adults with KS2 pupils

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You will be visiting Milestones - Hampshire's living history museum to support a class of pupils participating in Britain Since 1930, a two-hour programme which is part of the museum's award-winning Audioguide Programme for Primary Schools.

Milestones is a large, modern building which houses recreated streets and buildings from the Victorian period and the 1930s; you will be visiting the 1930s area.

The teacher organising the visit will give you a timetable for the day, as well a copy of the museum's Guidelines for Education Groups. They will also have given you a map with topics on the back to use with your group and their audioguides, and will have advised you which numbers on the map to use or which topics to look at. Each topic is made up of around 5 numbers on the map of the museum; the teacher in charge will have chosen a topic or around 5 numbers to make up their own topic. The numbers are on the map to show you where to go in the museum and are the numbers you will press on the Audioguides when you get there.

A facilitator will meet you on arrival and you will be able to leave your coats and bags somewhere convenient and use the toilets before you begin. The lunchroom you have access to has toilets and tea/coffee to have at lunchtime.

The facilitator will introduce the programme to the whole class together by talking about museums, collections and the programme you will be looking at. They will show you how to use the Audioguide wands (everyone will have one, unless the teacher in charge has asked for only Adult Helpers leading groups to have them) and then give them out.

You will be asked to listen to the introduction on the Audioguides with your group; this will ensure all the Audioguides are working properly.

You can then begin your visit to the museum - there is no order to visit anything in. There are also hands-on activities marked on the map you will have; we recommend you try to fit in at least 3 during your two hours. You can visit a number, look in a shop window, talk to a costumed interpreter, try a hands-on activity, visit another number and so on. You will be reminded of all this in your introduction.

Your programme lasts for 2 hours and may have a 30 minute lunch break in it. When you have finished the programme you have what we call free time. You can visit any area of the museum you like during this time but please remember there may be another school using different resources in other parts of the building. During your introduction you will be reminded where clipboards, pencils and activity sheets and sketching paper are for you to use in free time.

There are three possible itineraries available for the audioguide programmes. We will try to accommodate you on the most convenient one for your group, but your time slot may depend on other schools that have made bookings on this day. Our bookings officer will advise you on this when you contact us to make your booking.

Timetable 1
10am Arrive at Milestones
Coats & bags away, visit toilets
10.30am Begin programme no later than 10.30am
Introduction to Milestones, the programme and how to use the Audioguides
11.30pm Lunch in the Education Suite Lunchroom
Please leave Audioguides in their box in the museum and collect them afterwards Tea & coffee provided for adults
12pm Continue programme
1pm End of programme & start of free time
Please put Audioguides back in the box in the museum. Free time is the time between the end of your programme and the time you leave - you are welcome to explore other areas of the museum, but please remember there may be other schools visiting and using resources for their programme
  Timetable 2
10.30am Arrive at Milestones
Coats & bags away, visit toilets
11am Begin programme no later than 11am
Introduction to Milestones, the programme and how to use the Audioguides
12.30pm Lunch in the Education Suite Lunchroom
Please leave Audioguides in their box in the museum and collect them afterwards Tea & coffee provided for adults
1pm Continue programme
1.30pm End of programme & start of free time.
Please put Audioguides back in the box in the museum. Free time is the time between the end of your programme and the time you leave - you are welcome to explore other areas of the museum, but please remember there may be other schools visiting and using resources for their programme.
  Timetable 3
11am Arrive at Milestones
Coats & bags away, visit toilets
11.30am Begin programme no later than 11.30am
Introduction to Milestones, the programme and how to use the Audioguides
1pm Lunch in the Education Suite Lunchroom
Please leave Audioguides in their box in the museum and collect them afterwards Tea & coffee provided for adults
1.30pm Continue programme
2pm End of programme & start of free time
Please put Audioguides back in the box in the museum. Free time is the time between the end of your programme and the time you leave - you are welcome to explore other areas of the museum, but please remember there may be other schools visiting and using resources for their programme

Please note: If you arrive significantly early or late we may have to adjust your programme to work around other groups who may be visiting the museum. This may also affect your access to the lunchroom on arrival.