Museum Home Learning

The Museums Service has created resources for pupils and parents to use at home during the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Home Learning

West Lothian Council Museums have been providing classroom object handling sessions to local schools for a number of years. Our sessions cover a range of topics relevant to the curriculum and give pupils the chance to see and handle artefacts from the period they are studying. As we cannot deliver these during the current school closures we thought that these videos would help pupils with home learning.

World War 2

Gas Masks and Evacuation
The beginning of the war and the changes it brought to children's lives including gas masks and evacuation.

The Blackout and the role of the Air Raid Precautions (ARP)
Explains what the Blackout was and why it was needed. Also a look at the role of the ARP from distributing gas masks to rescuing casualties from bombed out buildings.

ID Cards and Rationing
Shows what ID Cards and Ration Books looked like and why they were needed. Explains how food and clothes rationing worked and shows what the food rations actually looked like.

Explains what Conscription meant. Looks at soldiers uniforms and some of their equipment.

Shows some of the medals awarded to those who served in the British forces during WW2 and explains the meaning of various medal ribbons.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Tells the story of the unexpected link between the wife of the President of the United States and Broxburn.

The Moving Image Archive has a collection of films, both professional and amateur, about life during WW2. Some of these can be viewed on the internet.

You can simply search on Google for "Moving Image Archive" or you can find them at Moving Image Archive

Once on the site, the following films can be viewed by clicking on the title:


Tenement Warden (1386) which shows what would happen in a tenement during an air-raid.


ARP: A Reminder for Peacetime (2769) shows a family with 2 naughty children preparing for war.


Train to Win (3838) shows the recruitment and training of women as engineers.


ARP Schools (0031) tells children what to do when the siren goes and shows children how to put on a gas mask.


You can also search for the above films using either the title or the number given in the brackets.


WW2 Wordsearch and Quiz

A Icon for word Worksheet [23.86KB] to revise some of the vocabulary and information covered in the videos. An Icon for word Answer Sheet [45.06KB]  is also provided - no peeking before you do the worksheet!


Wartime Recipes

Wartime rationing meant that recipes had to be changed. Eggs, sugar, butter and margarine were in short supply so recipes were designed to avoid using these ingredients or to only use small amounts. Carrots were put into cake and biscuit recipes to replace other ingredients as they are naturally quite sweet. Icon for word Wartime recipes [14.73KB] 


Anderson Shelter

Anderson Shelters were distributed by the government to families who had a garden. Families used them to shelter during bombing raids. A hole was dug and the shelter was built in it and then covered by earth to give more protection. Some people grew vegetables and flowers on their shelter. Icon for word Anderson Shelter model [1.09MB] 

Why don't you try making a model of a shelter as part of your home learning? When it's done you can share your model if you get your mum or dad to take a photo of it to send to our Facebook page:

West Lothian Council Museums and Local History Facebook page


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