Stepping into the shoes of the 8th at Ipswich Museum.

We were thrilled to welcome over one hundred families to our  free family day out at Ipswich Museum on the 12th August 2015.

It was a busy day from start to finish and great fun was had by all. Even the museum’s marvellous mammoth got in on the act!

People of all ages attended the Museum and these visitors took part in a wide range of activities; from our exciting museum trail based around the WW2 story of local cartoonist Carl Giles, our fab arts activities and our intriguing archaeology mini-dig.

The highlight for many was Hank the Yank – who brought along an AMAZING array of original WWII memorabilia that could be handled and tried on by young and old alike, alongside the really fantastic war-time stories that he loves to share. For many of the younger visitors this was the first time they’d ever seen a gramophone!

There was also the chance for members of the public to meet the Eighth in the East team and we were pleased to meet a number of people whose stories we’ll now be recording as part of our oral history programme.

It was such a fun and inspiring day and we’d like to say a big thank you to all involved. The families for taking the time to come along, Ipswich Museum for hosting us, Mark Taylor from Time Trippers for his ever fantastic Hank The Yank activities, Karina from Bottisham Airfield Museum and project partner Norfolk Historic Environment Service for the mini-dig loan.

We can’t wait for our next family events which will be taking place in the West of our region ( Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire) – we’ll be posting details of these in the coming months so keep a look out for details.

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