The Kitchen Goes to War
Staffordshire’s Leisure & Culture Service has received a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF
) for the Kitchen Goes to War project taking place in primary schools and libraries across Staffordshire in 2018.
Made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War then and now programme, the project will focus on rationing and its impact on domestic life in
When rationing was introduced in 1918 it brought the impact of the war straight into the domestic lives of families back at home, rationing saw the kitchen become a new front on which women and children could actively play their part in helping to win the war.
Using Staffordshire’s archive and museum collections for research and inspiration, this project aims to ‘bring to life’ objects of the past with elements of drama & creativity to encourage children & families to learn about & explore what life was like at home during WWI.
The project will explore why rationing was introduced, how it worked and how families on the home front were encouraged to ‘do their bit’ for the war. Pupils from Springhead Primary School in Newcastle under Lyme are
exploring this topic with a creative team of
artists and designers.
Their learning and creative experiences will help shape and develop plans for an interactive resource which will tour to primary schools
during the summer and library venues later in the autumn.
All details will be published on the Staffordshire Great War website www.staffordshiregreatwar.com a specialist website dedicated to Staffordshire’s own involvement in the Great War.
Photographer: Jenny Harper
Artists: Filament, Designer: April Dalton
Heritage Lottery Museum & Archive Service Libraries & Arts Service