1940s Farm

Discover how life was on the Home Front during the Second World War. Look out for the Land Girls and the Home Guard!

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**The farmhouse at our 1940s Farm is currently closed due to storm damage, however our Land Girls’ cottage will be open as usual**

Visitors need to pre-book for 10am, 11am and 12pm timeslots to help us manage the flow of visitors through our Entrance building during our busiest times, but if you are visiting from 1pm onwards, you can just turn up and won’t need to pre-book (last admission is one hour before closing time). Find out more here.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is always our first priority and we continue to have a range of COVID-19 Secure measures in place.  We support the wearing of face coverings in all indoor spaces.


At our 1940s Farm, you’ll discover the stories of wartime life in North East England.

The farmhouse and cottages of our 1940s Farm represent everyday domestic life, featuring objects from the era, ranging from a wireless (radio) to ration books. You may hear 1940s music or news broadcasts and smell cooking, using wartime rations.

Farmhouse – Currently closed due to storm damage

Pop into the cosy farmhouse, and find out about wartime family life. You may smell cooking on the Aga or range (using rations, of course), hear 1940s music and news broadcasts on the wireless, and see “make do and mend” in action.

Orchard & Garden Cottages – Open

These old labourers’ cottages have some new tenants – a family of evacuees in Orchard Cottage and Land Girls next door in Garden Cottage.

Orchard Cottage represents the home of a family of evacuees, who have moved from a town or city to the safety of the countryside and are adjusting to rural life. Orchard Cottage also hosts activities for older people and people living with dementia, and their families and carers.

Outdoors – Open

Farms played an important role during the war, with their vital land work helping to save the nation from starvation. In 1939, 70 per cent of Britain’s food was imported from abroad and there were fears that German submarines could create a blockade, cutting off supplies. This meant there had to be a major campaign to produce home-grown food. Look out for tractors, tools, animals, the farmer’s out-of-use car, and the pill box – ready in case of attack.

British Kitchen – Closed

Stop off for refreshments at the British Kitchen, based on the British Restaurants set up by the Government during the war. Spam sandwiches anyone?