About the Resources

These resources are for teachers of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 classes, focusing on the Home Front, drawn from the Archive & Heritage Collection of Royal Voluntary Service (formerly the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, WRVS).

About Royal Voluntary Service

The Women’s Voluntary Services (WVS) was set up in 1938 to recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) services to assist the country when war broke out, but it fast outgrew that original purpose and its activities expanded rapidly during the war. At its highest point, membership stood at 1,043,423 volunteers, all ready to ‘do their bit.’

After the war WVS transformed itself into a pioneering social care organisation helping the nation to recover in the post war period of austerity, developing many of the social services that we take for granted today; Meals on Wheels, day clubs for the elderly, holidays for disadvantaged children, child contact centres, residential care homes and many more.

Throughout the second half of the 20th century WRVS became part of the fabric of British society, and in 1966 was awarded the honour by the Queen of adding ‘Royal’ to its title becoming the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS).

In 1992 Royal Voluntary Service became a registered charity and since 2004 our focus has been on the care of older people in the community through the work of our volunteers.

You can find out more about Royal Voluntary Service’s current work by visiting the Royal Voluntary Service website or about its history and the Archive & Heritage Collection by visiting the Our History section.

Comments and Questions

If you have any comments or questions about these resources please do contact, we always welcome feedback.

Matthew McMurray
WRVS Archive & Heritage Collection
Unit 1A
Bath Road Business Centre
Bath Road
SN10 1XA
01380 730211

While we are happy to help with brief queries, we are currently unable to undertake research or provide additional materials as our enquiry service is currently closed until January 2013. For more information visit the Enquiry Service page.

Legal stuff

All the material contained on this site and in these resources are the copyright of WRVS unless otherwise stated. Every reasonable endeavour has been made to find and contact the copyright owners of the works included in these resources. However if you believe a copyright work has been included without your permission, please contact WRVS.

These resources are provided for use for non-commercial educational and private study purposes only. All material contained within these resources, which is the property of WRVS may be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, for non-commercial educational purposes but must be attributed to WRVS (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

The use of any material on this site for commercial purposes will require a licence from WRVS or the attributed Intellectual Property owner.

External links are selected and reviewed when the page is published. However, WRVS is not responsible for the content of external websites. The inclusion of a link to an external website should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services).


These resources were made possible by a gift left in the will of Lindy Wood, a WRVS volunteer for 39 years and a great friend and supporter of the Archive.

WRVS commissioned these resources from Martin Bazley & Associates working with Alf Wilkinson of the Historical Association. With thanks to the teachers who commented on the draft version, and especially to Ruth Lingard who provided some additional material.