Watch and Learn

Watch and Learn

The Science of the Second World War: Rationing

Have you ever baked a cake with unusual ingredients such as carrots, potatoes or beetroot?

With the help of the brilliant Party Professor, Clare Childs and Stephen Beggs, learn about the properties of Cornflour and how it was used to thicken dishes when other ingredients were rationed.

Follow our step by step guide to make a chewy sweet treat with very little sugar. Contains ‘interesting’ ideas that you may, or may not, want to try at home! Suitable for KS1/ 6-8 years.

The Science of the Second World War: Inventions

A fun investigation into the inventions and accidental discoveries made during the Second World War. Learn about the discovery of the microwave, superglue and how a Belfast toilet proved that chlorine gas is still a problem for us even in the modern day!

Suitable for KS2/ 8-11 years.

Second World War Stories for Kids

Teachers and pupils have been telling us that they miss the stories they hear when they visit the museum. So… we’ve recorded some of our favourites. Listen to incredible stories about the Belfast Blitz, and some rather funny stories about rationing, smuggling and American GIs.

Watch the full video here or scroll down to find out what time each story starts at:

There are 7 stories included in this Second World War Stories for Kids video:

An Easter Surprise (1:55)

Esther’s Coins (5:21)

Little Rita (7:42)

We Have No Bananas (10:27)

Delightful Dried Eggs (14:24)

The Black Market (17:07)

Got any Gum Chum? (20:53)

We’re encouraging classes to to stay in touch by sending an email with their thoughts and questions to

We will try our best to answer your questions or find an expert who can!

We’re keen to record more of these short stories so let us know what topics you would like to hear about and we will have a dig through our collection.

We hope you enjoy listening.

NIWM on C2K Newsdesk

We have been working with C2K to create a series of short programmes about the Second World War in Northern Ireland. Each episode highlights objects and stories from the museum’s collection as Jenny and Amelia explore topics such as rationing, evacuation, the Belfast Blitz and VE Day.

These programmes were created for the C2K Junior Newsdesk and so are suitable for a Key Stage 1 audience but will still be of interest to Key Stage 2.

At the end of each programme, Amelia sets a challenge or activity. If you complete any of the activities or challenges, please share it with us.

You can find us on social media at: Facebook: @NIWarMemorialMuseum / Twitter: @NIWarMemorial / Instagram: @niwarmemorial / Pinterest: NIWarMemorial / Youtube: Northern Ireland War Memorial Museum.

Mystery Objects

Watch and listen carefully as Jenny introduces seven mystery objects from the museum. Can you guess what the objects are, and what they were used for during the Second World War? Watch the second episode to see if you guessed right!

Mystery Objects answers:


Rationing was introduced in January 1940 to make sure everyone got their fair share of food on the home front. Watch this episode to learn what was rationed, how a ration book was used and how people were encouraged to Dig For Victory. Did you know that not only food was rationed?


Many children were evacuated to the countryside, away from the danger of the air raids. Watch this episode to see what they packed in their suitcases, find out what life was like for them in the Countryside and how they stayed in touch with their parents.

Belfast Blitz

Belfast suffered four air raids in April and May 1941. In this episode, historian Brian Barton explains why Belfast was targeted and Jenny explains what happened during the air raids. Learn how people showed great bravery during the air raids and what life was like afterwards.

VE Day

In this episode, Jenny explains how the war ended and how people took to the streets to celebrate Victory on VE Day.

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