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The Kitchen Goes to War

2018.04.23KitchenGoestoWarWW1KitchenInstallationLibrary-JennyHarper-13School children from across Staffordshire will get the chance to learn more about life on the home front during the Great War in a new exhibition, thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding.

The ‘Kitchen goes to war’ exhibition, set to tour schools and libraries this year, will explore why rationing was introduced during the First World War, how it worked and how families on the home front were encouraged to ‘do their bit’ for the war effort.

By exploring everyday objects and local records from the past like newspapers, rationing books and domestic objects from Staffordshire’s archive and museum collections, school children will experience  and learn about what life was like in a fun hands-on way.

Pupils from Springhead Primary School in Newcastle under Lyme helped develop ideas for the resource through drama, design & sound recording workshops.

The kitchen includes shelving with drawers you can pull out and cupboards to open and look inside for clues. 

2018.04.23KitchenGoestoWarWW1KitchenInstallationLibrary-JennyHarper-48Children are encouraged to actively explore the kitchen, while listening to an audio guide of two chararcters talking; a brother and sister played by Springhead Year 5 pupils.

The project has been made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War then and now programme.

Touring Schedule

The Kitchen Goes to War Touring Schedule 2018


Springhead Primary / Talke Library                             

16 – 27 April

Beresford Primary School, Leek                           

27 April – 4 May

Tower view Primary School, Burton upon Trent 

4 – 8 June

St Michael’s Primary School, Lichfield        

8 – 15 June

Tamworth Library         

15 June – 19 July

Burton Library 

19 July – 4 Sept

Uttoxeter Library          

4 Sept – 4 Oct

Perton Library   

4 Oct – 29 Nov

Photographer: Jenny Harper Artists: Filament, Designer: April Dalton

Heritage Lottery Museum & Archive Service Libraries & Arts Service



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