Our activities

All our activities are suitable for students in Key Stages 3 & 4. All can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. We also work with schools to offer bespoke days. For further details please call our Access & Learning team on 01902 376 241.

Cold War: Protect & Survive

This workshop is a practical lesson based on the government leaflet, Protect and Survive, which was sent out to all households in the UK in response to the perceived threat of nuclear attacks during the Cold War. Learners will build the government recommended fallout shelter and make their choice as to which essential items are needed for a 14 day survival period.

Learners will have the opportunity to look at and try on some of the equipment issued to the RAF at the time. Wearing a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) suit, they will be asked to complete a mini task which will help them understand the difficulties of working whist dressed in this protective clothing.

The final element of the workshop is designed to allow learners to understand the extent of devastation a nuclear warhead would have caused, by plotting the fallout zones on locations around the UK.

  • Activity type: Led by museum staff
  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour
  • Cost: price is based on number of participants
  • Timetables for a complete museum visit are provided

Cold War: Meet the Veterans

A presentation followed by a question and answer session with personnel who experienced the Cold War at first hand.

  • Activity type: Led by museum staff
  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour
  • Cost: price is based on number of participants
  • Timetables for a complete museum visit are provided
Educational Institutions hire of facilities
It is possible for educational institutions to utilise Museum space.  Interview days can be arranged at a cost of £200 with additional set up charges for A&L staff time.  The Classrooms in the National Cold War Exhibition are also available for hire at the cost of £100 for a full day and £50 per half day.  Please email us for further details.