February Half Term - Washington Children’s Strike Commemorations

Sat 18th - Sun 26th Feb

It’s the year 1917 and sadly there are hungry children around the North East and across the country.

Agricultural workers are signing up for war, there is naval warfare and a poor harvest, all of which are contributing to food shortages and high prices in Britain, leaving children hungry and dramatically losing weight.

Things are about to change though as hungry pupils in Washington have had enough and are going on strike to campaign for free school meals! Join us this February Half Term as the children boycott their school lessons and march to The Town to try to make a difference.

Based on a real story in its centenary year, we’ll have lots of hands on activities for you to join in with and the chance to join the important march – if you’re successful in your striking, you may even be given some tasty soup to warm you up!

Here is just a taster of what we’ve got planned;

  • Help the children demand their free school meals by joining the march to the 1900s Town at 1pm from the Pit Village Chapel.
  • Join in with the protest songs in the Pit Village Chapel.
  • Make a flag in the Pit Village School to wave on the march.
  • Visit the Co-Op in the 1900s Town where food supplies are running low!
  • Head to the Masonic Hall where youngsters can try on First World War uniforms and sign up to help the war effort.
  • Pop in to Number 3 Francis Street where there might be just about enough soup for a small portion to share with the family.
  • Call in at Miss Smith’s house in Ravensworth Terrace where biscuits are being made from left over ingredients, to send to the soldiers on the front line.
  • Head next door to the Dentist’s house where parcels are being prepared to post to the front line.
  • Enjoy seeing displays from the Washington History and Wessington U3A groups.

march in pit village

What’s more the whole museum will be open for you to enjoy including our real Ice Rink.

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As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass!