Another successful wartime zoo workshop at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall.
Before busily packing away our interesting archive of wartime items until their next outing for a schools workshop, so I thought I’d photograph a few more items in our collection to share with you.
Previously we showed a little of our wartime workshop for schools about how wartime changed life for zoo staff, animals, visitors and more generally for people on the Home Front in Britain in World War 2.
It’s always interesting to see what items attract children’s attention each time. The handmade toys proved popular and the school may well have a go at making some of their own. (I have a few plans and books of these).
A wartime toy ark made from whatever wood was available by Mr Ernest Lukey, teacher from Poole, Dorset for his daughter Wendy (kindly loaned to Newquay Zoo).
Mr Lukey’s hand carved wooden toy animals are the only time you’ll see elephants, rhinos, camels and giraffes at Newquay Zoo. The real ones are usually seen at our sister zoo at Paignton, operational throughout World War 2.
Trying on helmets and heavy woollen wartime uniforms and clothing was also popular:
Inside the Women’s Land Army greatcoat was this 1943 label and inside the pocket this curious cardboard roll of labels – maybe to do with size?
In our next Blitz and Pieces we’ll feature another popular item on display – the insides of the family ARP (Air Raid Precautions) First Aid Box, still intact 70 years on.
Posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens Project, Newquay Zoo (March 2015).