Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children @ Imperial War Museum London (to 30 Oct)

War MuseumOnce Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children delves into the pages of well-loved books, bringing stories of war dramatically to life.

This is a fascinating new family-friendly exhibition at Imperial War Museum London that takes a fresh and engaging look at five of the best-loved books written for children about conflict:

  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
  • Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley

Through stunning life-size sets, intricate scale models and interactive exhibits, families are invited to enter the imaginary worlds of these five classic war stories.

From the bleak landscape of no man’s land in War Horse to the imposing tower blocks of London’s gang warfare in Little Soldier, Once Upon A Wartime will take visitors on a journey through conflicts from the First World War to the present day.

  • Pull up a chair in Hepzibah’s kitchen as the evacuees would have done in Carrie’s War
  • Discover the schoolboys’ secret fortress from The Machine Gunners
  • Listen to the footsteps above the cellar where the Balicki children find shelter in The Silver Sword

To mark this celebration of children’s war literature, the Imperial War Museum has commissioned a new short story by author Michael Morpurgo to be illustrated by Michael Foreman. Published in Spring 2011, the book takes its inspiration from a unique object in the Museum’s Collections and will tell another intriguing tale of war.

In the video below, you can hear from Exhibitions Researcher Hazel Brown talking about the exhibition.

Once Upon A Wartime is on at Imperial War Museum London until 30 October 2011.  It then opens at Imperial War Museum North in Manchester in February 2012.

For more information visit iwm.org.uk/wartime

Imperial War Museum London admission
Adults £5.95
Children £3.95
Concessions and groups (10+ booking together) £4.95
Family tickets from £12.50