Dartmouth Castle at War

Posted: 2010-07-23

Dartmouth Castle at War

I just got word of what sounds like a very interesting event taking place at historic Dartmouth Castle in Devon. Throughout August visitors to the castle can experience what life was like at the onset of World War II. Every Monday and Tuesday throughout the month, you can step back in time and see what life was like both on the home front and in action.

On Mondays, all visitors will be issued with personalised ID cards and ration books, shown how to make their own gas mask boxes, and given the opportunity to try on replica helmets and authentic clothing from the period. Children can learn about wartime rationing, and join in the ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign by planting cress seedlings in their own ‘Victory’ pot which they can then take home to cultivate.

On Tuesdays, attention turns to life at the front. Visitors will meet re-enactors from the WWII Living History Association who will present a vivid retelling of wartime life from the perspective of the different men and women who defended and attacked Britain - not just Brits but Americans and Germans as well.  Visitors can mingle and chat with the re-enactors who will be dressed in full authentic costume and remain in character throughout.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to examine close-up what British, German and American soldiers would have carried in combat and ask questions about the period. Each Tuesday will offer something slightly different with British soldiers presiding over Tuesday 10 August; German soldiers on 17 August; American troops on 24 August, while the home front is represented on 31 August.

What: Make Do and Mend
Where: Dartmouth Castle, Devon, TQ6 0JN
When: Every Monday and Tuesday in August (inc bank holiday), 10am – 5pm
Prices: Adults £5.60 / Concessions £4.80 / Children £3.30 (charges apply each day)
English Heritage Members: Free

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