We started collecting items for our display in September 2017. With only a few exceptions all are genuine 1940s items.
Home living: 1940s radio, pipe rack, 1940s Teddy and small collection of toys, pig bin with salvage posters.
Collection of 1940s Underwear: Displayed on a washing line, with sheet music ‘We’re Going to Hang Out the Washing on the Zeigfried Line’.
1940s Office: Typewriter, card box, telephone, paper wrack.
Washing: Washing board, tub, ironing board, electric and gas irons, soap and washing powders, possers.
UTP: Upper Thames Patrol (River Home Guard). Display of information, photos and memorabilia along with a UTP re-enactor. (UTP were the first Home Guard unit to enrol women 1940)
Knitting and Crafts: Ongoing demotions with finished items of wartime knitting and crochet from original patterns, rag rug making, shown by a WVS Housewives Service re-enactor.
Make do and Mend: Sewing box with cottons and threads, demonstration of darning.
Rationing: Display of a weekly ration of food for two people for a week. Wartime tins and food packets.
Mannequins – All mannequins are dressed in original uniforms with accessories.
Utility Girl Guide Uniform Dress: Including belt and hat wearing a Civil Defence arm band.
ARP Woman: Dressed in a very rare 1943 ARP women’s drivers uniform complete with helmet and gas mask.
St John Ambulance: Dressed in full uniform, including tin hat, gas mask, first aid bag.
NFS Fireman: Dressed in a 1940s tunic, helmet belt and axe with gas mask.
Boy Scout Uniform: WW2 complete Boy Scout uniform.
Red Cross VAD Nurse: A complete 1940s nurse’s uniform shown collecting for a JWO Red Cross and St. John flag day.
1940s School Girl: With satchel, school
books, annuals, lacrosse stick and pads.