Windows on the War

Our unique way of displaying some of the smaller items of our collection is in frames which we call Windows on the War.  All of the topics cover some aspect of the Home Front and we have tried to display these in an imaginative way.  We don't take all of the frames to every event and try to match the most appropriate ones.

Our current collection of frames is as follows, however we are always looking for new topics and items so the list is not definitive.

 

Subject

Frame Name

Frame no.

Content

1940s Wedding

Wartime Wedding

1

Photos, memorabilia of a Bristol wedding, with gloves and pressed flowers from the time. Includes RAF Air Gunner’s memorabilia badges and buttons.

Americans over here

Overpaid, Oversexed and Over Here

2

Memorabilia, pictures and humour with 1940s knickers.

ARP Women

ARP Heroines

3

Badges and memorabilia, pictures and information, also shows 3 young ARP women who won the George Medal.

ATA

(Air Transport Auxiliary)

Attagirls

4

Pictures, badges and information tells how much they actually did for the country, particularly in connection with the Battle of Britain. First women ever to receive equal pay in Britain 1943.

Boy Scouts

Be Prepared

5

Wartime badges, memorabilia, photos and information. Contains 2 rare War National Service Badges and the highest Scout badge award possible at the time. Includes the story of a Scout Messenger who was killed during the war.

Brownies (Young girls guide aged 7 to 10)

Brownies Worked for MI9

6

Badges, information, memorabilia, photos. Shows what they did for the war effort and tells the story of the secret work they did for MI9.

Comforts (Knitting for the troops)

Knitting for Victory

7

Photos of knitting parties, comfort organisation badges and history. Contains lists of how many garments were made.

Evacuees

Operation Pied Piper

8

Pictures, posters and information, also has some quotes from children.

Fire Guard (Young working Women)

Putting the Home Fires Out

9

Armbands and badges, picture and poster. Tells the history of beginning of Street Fire Parties to becoming the Fire Guard.

First Aid Post

ARP First Aid Post

10

Memorabilia, badges, information, photos. Contains a body tag and socks which were lent to child casualties.

Girl Guides

(Aged 11 to 16)

The Forgotten Army

11

Badges and memorabilia, information and photos. Tells the story of what 750,000 members did towards the war effort.

Luftwaffe Junkers 88

Shot down in Bicester

12

Photos and information. Tells the complete story of the Luftwaffe crew and the RAF pilot that shot it down. Something that was happening on the home front all over Britain.

Luftwaffe Flying Crew

Luftwaffe Bomber Crew

13

Pictures, information, helmet and badges. Chance to see an original Luftwaffe flying helmet.

Narrowboat Women

Idle Women

14

Photos and information. Shows what a valuable service they did and what a hard life it was.

Observer Corps (Women’s involvement)

Forewarned is Forearmed

15

Collection of badges, buttons, poster and pictures. Explains the history and the gaining the title ‘Royal’.

Prisoners of War (Italian and German in Britain)

POWs in Britain

16

Photos and information, badges, buttons and button hook made by POWs also shows where the camps were and how the POWs were put to work, and how this helped on the home front.

Rationing

Yes, We Have No Bananas

17

Ration books, coupons, pictures, information lists a typical week’s rations.

RSPCA

RSPCA at War

18

RSPCA War Effort leaflet, photos and badges. Original flag day badges and horse brass. Describes what they did and how many animals they treated.

Women’s Institute

Not Just Jam and Jerusalem

19

Badges, detailed history of what they did and pictures. Lists how varied their services were.

Women’s Land Army

Land Girls

20

Armband and badges, good collection of pictures and information. Describes farming and duties including rat catching.

Women’s Timber Corps

Lumber Jills

21

Pictures, information, badges. Tells the story of the forgotten corps.

WVS (Women’s Voluntary Service)

The Army Hitler Forgot

22

Badges, armband, photos and information. Contains the Queen’s Messenger Badge, and history and numbers involved in the WVS and what they did.

WW2 Money

Two Bob, A Tanner & Thrupence

24

Showing all coins of the time, and £1, 10/- notes etc

Post Office

Post against the odds

25

Info and pictures on the wartime post office, stamps, letters, telegram and aerograph plus postman’s arm band.

Red Cross

Red Cross Nursing

26

Medals, badges, memorabilia, telling the story of WW2 nurses.

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

FANYs

27

Story of their beginning and contribution to WW2, including espionage and spy work in Europe.

Bombing of Parliament

Bombing of Parliament

28

A Piece of stone, lead and wood from the bombed out Houses of Parliament along with it’s provenance and story.

WVS Housewives Service

Housewives to the Rescue

29

Original memorabilia, arm band, sign and story.

Girls’ Training Corps

Girls’ Training Corps

30

Memorabilia, badges and story.

Girls’ Life Brigade

Girls’ Life Brigade

31

Memorabilia, badges and story.

Fundraising in Wartime

Raising funds

32

Badges, flag day pins, stickers, memorabilia, photos and information.

National Savings

Saving the War

33

Badges, memorabilia and information

1940s School Girl

Wartime School Girl

34

The story of a 1940s school girl, identity card along with badges and socks.

1940s Child Coat and Bonnet

If you could afford it.

35

Utility child’s hat and coat along with the story of CC41 (utility clothing).

Girl Guide Uniform

Wartime Girl Guide

36

Original girl guide uniform of a company patrol leader 1943.

Home Guard

Not just Dad’s Army

37

Arm band, badges, memorabilia and photos

Local Defence

Volunteers

Look, Duck and Vanish

38

Arm band, photos and information.

Women’s Home Guard

Auxiliaries

39

Badge and information.