To coincide with our new display of summer items our August object of the month is this fabulous 1940s swimsuit.
Quite unlike todays swimsuits it has no modern material like added lycra but is made of a woollen material that would be quite heavy when wet!
It is part of the War Memorial’s summer display which looks at how people would have spent their holiday time during the war. As well as swimming in lakes or outdoor pools in fetching swimsuits like the object of the month, people would have taken daytrips to places like Bangor and Donaghadee – although the beach would have been out of bounds! They would also have gone on picnics and you can pick up a leaflet of wartime picnic food ideas in the gallery to try out on your next picnic outing!
The goverment ran schemes to encourage people to spend their holidays helping out on farms along side the farmers and Land Girls. As part of the display you can watch Pathe News reels related to summer holidays and see one of the government adverts encouraging people to take a working holiday in the countryside.