Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Event - Holidays at home 1940s style at Kelham Island Museum (Sheffield)

The Kelham Island Museum 1940’s Vintage Summer Fayre will explode into action this weekend celebrating the start of the summer holidays.

The Fayre has over 20 vintage, antique and craft stalls, living history activities, a wartime café and much more.

There will also be wartime re-enactments which will feature vintage vehicles and homefront activities, including a bomb disposal.

Niki Connolly, events and marketing manager at Sheffield Industrial Museum’s Trust said: “We are all really looking forward to the Vintage Summer Faye and hope it goes with a bang .... but not that kind of course!

“This year we have even more authentic displays and re-enactments so our visitors can experience life in the 1940s.

“Sheffield played such an integral part in the war movement and the Summer Fayre will showcase just what it was like in the period.

“We hope people will enter into the spirit of the event and dress in their 1940’s finest!”

Visitors can bring their dancing shoes as Major Swing entertains while Kitty’s English and American Music will be on hand with beginners dance lessons.

Dance classes are available to anybody who wants to get started with a social foxtrot, quick step or waltz, swing jive or balboa. Wind-up gramophones will also be playing out tunes with hundreds of 78s to give that authentic wartime feel.

Allied 35 – 49 Forces will be present showcasing Vehicles, Weaponry and Firing, and the UK Homefront will be doing a Bombed Out Washday.

Sheffield Auction Gallery will bring their exhibition trailer on site where visitors can have a chat with local experts and bring items from home for valuing.

Finally, visitors can also see the Grand Slam Bomb and the Mighty River Don Steam Engine in steam at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and enjoy an afternoon tea in the sunshine at the new Little Mesters Café with a wartime inspired specials menu.

The Fayre runs from 11am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is £4.50 for adults and children go free.
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