Evacuee Experience

Pupils will travel back to the dark days of the Second World War to learn all about the experiences of local children forced from their homes as evacuees.

The aim of this full day session is to study aspects of daily life and the Home Front. Children will make use of a range of artefacts at both Bury Transport Museum and Bury Art Gallery and Museum to enhance their learning. They will also experience a train journey as an evacuee.

Who’s it for?

This programme is suitable for Key Stage 2 but can be adapted for years 7 and 8.

Dates, times & prices

  • Option One – Return ticket
    £12.50 per pupil
  • Option Two – No railway ticket
    £6.00 per pupil
  • Accompanying Adult Ticket free

Dates available:

  • Option One – 13/05/2022, 20/05/2022, 26/05/2022, 27/05/2022, 17/06/2022, 23/06/2022, 24/06/2022, 07/07/2022, 08/07/2022, 08/09/2022, 09/09/2022
  • Option Two – Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 07/04/2022 to 06/05/2022 and 28/09/2022 to 28/10/2022, other dates May – July and in September also available.


Option One:

  • A Return trip from Bury to Rawtenstall on board a heritage locomotive.
  • Mock evacuee selection process at Rawtenstall.
  • Object handling session at Bury Transport Museum.
  • Range of hands-on activities at Bury Transport Museum.
  • Suggestions for costumes and gas mask boxes.

Option Two:

  • Range of hands-on activities at Bury Transport Museum.
  • Mock evacuee selection process.
  • Suggestions for costumes and gas mask boxes.
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What’s included?
  • Full risk assessment
  • Entry to both museums
  • Labels and gas masks
  • Railway journey pulled by a heritage steam or diesel locomotive
What should we bring?
  • A packed lunch and snack for the morning break
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm cardigan or jumper
  • Comfortable shoes 

While it’s not compulsory, attending in costume will help pupils feel more like evacuee children – it all adds to the atmosphere!