Relive the real-life experiences of Scottish evacuees, prisoners of war, sailors and those left at home, supported by our 1940s Wartime Life resource pack. Examine letters, photographs and uniforms, hear news from the frontline on the wireless, and watch as veterans recall their experiences on DVD.

Level: Second (P5-P7)
Cost: FREE
Length of workshop: 75 minutes starting at either 10:30 or 12:30. Self-led.
(Check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: All year during term time
Booking: Complete our booking request form to arrange a visit. 

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

This workshop is a teacher led session and takes place in our Wartime Life Room. The Wartime Life Room teachers guide can be downloaded along with WW2 trails for your class.  After or before the workshop, you will have the opportunity to look around the museum and castle. Maximum capacity 33 children.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Hear from veterans about their experiences during the Second World War. George Laidlaw who worked on a minesweeper, Geoff Bryden, a soldier of the 51st Division who was a prisoner of war and Millie Grey, an evacuee from Edinburgh.
  • Explore the lives of four people through objects, photos and letters. A POW, a WAFF, an evacuee and a soldier.
  • Explore the Wartime Life Room to find out what a 1940’s Livingroom might look like and how it differs to our homes today.
  • Explore the museum galleries using our WW2 trail.

Follow up activities

The film below can also be watched as part of a visit to the museum, or in class.

Curriculum links




Social Studies


I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish history.



I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.

SOC 2-06a


I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.

SOC 2-04a

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