Activities

Material from the archives of the WVS is used to focus on the Home Front for Key Stages 2 and 3, with activities organised within an overarching enquiry question:

How important was the part played by the WVS during WWII? 

Lady ReadingThe WVS in 1939
What was the WVS like in September 1939? What activities did it carry out?

Yorkshire Evening post November 24 1938Recruiting
What jobs were women being offered in 1938 and 1939?

How dangerous was it volunteering for the WVS? (1)
Do sources always agree? Different accounts from the Isle of Wight.

How dangerous was it volunteering for the WVS? (2)
What do the events of 1940 in Bristol tell us about the activities of the WVS?

How dangerous was it volunteering for the WVS? (3)
There are 243 names in the WRVS Roll of Honour for World War Two. These are the names of members killed during hostilities. Does that mean it was dangerous volunteering for the WVS?

Mortuary reportV1 rocket attack on London
How difficult was it to identify victims of bombing?

Evacuation
What part did the WVS play in the evacuation process?

Illegitimate Births during WWII
What happened to the number of illegitimate births during WWII?

Posters as a source of evidence
How did the WVS recruit volunteers during WWII?

Bethnal Green Underground shelterIn the Shelter
How tough was it sheltering from the bombing in the Underground?

Every picture tells a story
How did the WVS choose to show the work it did in WWII?

Awards for bravery
‘One German Parashootist captured by me yesterday’.

What part did the WVS play during bombing raids (1)?
After devestating bombing raids the WVS were amongst the first on the scene giving help and comfort.

What part did the WVS play during bombing raids (2)?
Serving 268,800 cups of tea in a fortnight in Leicester is just one of the ways the WVS played its part on the Home Front.

Pulling it all together
How important was the WVS during WWII?