Relive the sights, sounds and sirens of 1940s Britain at Milton Keynes Museum September 1st & 2nd 2018

Relive the sights, sounds and sirens of 1940s Britain at Milton Keynes Museum September 1st & 2nd 2018

It is time to roll back the years for Milton Keynes Museum’s tribute to 1940s Britain.


The 1940s weekend, happening on September 1 & 2, is an important event in the museum’s annual calendar, and an equally important guest is booked to appear – the RT Honourable Winston Churchill PM will be keeping an eye on the weekend’s attractions, and with so much going on, he’ll be kept very busy!

The 1940s was a time of war, turmoil, and rationing, but there will be no rationing of entertainment at this event.


If the weather is fine, you will need to look to the skies for a Dakota flypast (on the Saturday only), while on the ground, camps and displays by the RAF and American GIs will take attentions.

The WI, WRVS and Women’s Land Army will be in attendance too, with displays focusing on women in war.


The vintage tearoom will be serving up strong brews, and dancing will be encouraged as forces favourite Miss Lola Lamour serenades the assembled, and over in the new gallery you can see how brides from the era would have walked down the aisle, with a display of wedding dresses.


The home guard battalions and the women’s home guard auxiliaries will explore more about life in the war, and if you want to know more about the law at war, village bobbies will be on hand to help.


You can visit them in their pop-up police station, which has a ready-made cell, so be on your best behaviour to avoid being locked up!


The Ministry of Food will show you how to cook on rations, and the wartime garden is looking good just now. Be sure to pay it a visit and ask Mrs Skivvy how she has cultivated the area.


People needed to be thrifty in wartime, and popular historian and author Neil Storey returns to talk about men and women’s fashions, and having to make do and mend.


Elsewhere, you will be able to check out some stunning examples of domestic vehicles from the 1940s, view the French military display of artefacts, and shop at the vintage trader stalls.


The museum will keep you fed and watered too, with savoury and sweet food at reasonable prices in the Granary Tea Room, and spam sandwiches offered from the NAFFI.


If you fancy something a little stronger than a coffee, tea or juice, pop to the museum’s street of shops where the Angel Inn will be serving up beer.


The weekend is a terrific tribute to the sights, the sounds, and the people from 1940s Britain.    


Bring together your family and friends for a wonderful day out, and relive memories of days gone-by, while making new memories to treasure.


Other dates for the diary:


Heritage Open Days at Milton Keynes Museum (September 6-9, 2018)

A chance to sample the many attractions at the museum for free, when the museum opens its doors as part of the national celebration of our wonderful heritage


Transport Weekend (September 15 & 16, 2018)

Up to 100 cars, vans, motorbikes and military vehicles will cruise in to the museum at the annual celebration of transport past and present. There will also be craft stalls and outdoor refreshments, and all the usual museum attractions will be available all weekend.


Related Articles

A Right Royal Invitation to Tea

Ever wanted to take tea with the Queen? Well at the Museum’s annual Victorian weekend you can do just that

Museum board welcomes new trustees

Milton Keynes Museum’s board has been strengthened with the addition of a number of new trustees. The introduction of trustees

Expansion appeal lifts off with major grant

Milton Keynes Museum’s major expansion has just received a £75,000 boost from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The generous award followed