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The 1940s Relived - From the Home Front to the Front Line

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Grab your uniform or vintage dress - it’s the 1940s again!

Brooklands Museum - Events Building on the success of last year’s “The 1940s Relived”, this premier event will be back even bigger and better in 2013. By popular demand, we will be continuing into the night with an evening dance in the Clubhouse so you can put your Jive, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop into practice.

But don’t worry if you need some help before you get on the dance floor as we have Paul and Natasha of the “Swingtime Dance Company” (http://www.swingtimedance.co.uk) with us all day to give you some dance lessons. If you don’t have a partner they’ll find you one, or they might teach you a Charleston Stroll, a solo dance that evokes the memories of the dances of the 20s and 30s. You will be able to dance along to the music of DJ Jeff Two Tone Boogie (http://www.preserversofsound.com), who will be trying to keep you on the dance floor all day and all night.

We hope you will come in vintage or period style clothing but if you need to add to your vintage wardrobe, visit our trade stalls to stock up. But beware of some shady characters such as Spivs trying to sell you black market goods, while they evade our Police (http://www.thelawatwar.co.uk). You will also be able to visit Natasha’s “Pretty Me Vintage” (http://www.prettymevintage.co.uk) Hair and Beauty Parlour where you will be able to have your hair and make-up done in authentic period style. 

You can explore the historic period backdrop of the Brooklands Museum site including the original 1907 banked racing track, the 1930s Motoring Village and the 1940s Wellington Hanger, which contains R for Robert, our Wellington Bomber. Around the site you will find all the usual Museum exhibits, but you will never know what is around the next corner - you may find the Home Guard on parade or manning the Pill Box, an RAF Fighter Command Control Centre or US airborne troops carrying out demonstrations of infantry weapons and fire power. Also discover period civilian and military vehicles on parade and various groups of re-enactors, representing from the Home to the Eastern fronts.

Brooklands Museum - Events If all this activity gets a bit much, refresh yourself with some food and drink and take part in our street party. Sit back and relax in “Jackson Street” and while you eat, be entertained by Patricia Hammond (http://www.patriciahammond.com) as she sings songs of the period. We also have the “Red Hot Ukulele” duo with Lynda Styan and Antony Mason (http://www.lyndastyan.com) who will be appearing on the Jackson Street Stage and popping up around the site with their energetic and fast paced music.

Once the evening is upon us you can take in a film or a news reel in the 1940s cinema (which is also open all day), relax in the 1930s Members Bar in the Clubhouse or continue tripping the light fantastic in the Sunbeam Dance Hall. Period food and drinks will of course be available all day - just bring your ration book!

Daytime Timetable
10.00 Museum Opens
11.45 Fighter Command Talks in the Hanger
12.00 Swingtime Dance Lesson
13.00 Patricia Hammond Sings
14.45 Best Dressed Competition
16.00 Swingtime Dance Company ‘Big Apple’ Finalé in Paddock
17.00 Museum Closed To Day Visitors - Let the evening begin!

Evening Timetable
17.00 Members Bar Open To Evening Visitors
19.00 Sunbeam Dance Hall opens
19.30 Swingtime Dance Lesson
19.45 Vintage DJ
20.30 Annie Andrews Sings
20.45 Vintage DJ
23.30 The End

There are many more activities planned for the day and evening, a full timetable of these will be available on Saturday.

Normal admission prices apply for the daytime event (£10 for adults, £9 for seniors & students, £5.50 for children aged 5-16 and £27 for family tickets covering two adults and up to three children).  Evening tickets will be £7 for adults, £6 for seniors and students and £4 for children and advance joint tickets for the daytime and evening will be on sale in January for £15 for adults, £14 for seniors and students and £7.50 for children.

Education: Brooklands Museum now offers a World War II Outreach Programme for Key Stage 2 Students. Click here for more information.

Contact: Brooklands Museum  events@brooklandsmuseum.com  01932 857381

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