• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Second World War heritage day

Second World War collecting workshop
Share your memories and artefacts relating to the Second World War as part of a collecting project with the University of Oxford. Live music and re-enactors will help create an immersive ‘40s feel.

Do you have any memories, stories or artefacts relating to the Second World War? Would you like to share and preserve them for future generations?

We are inviting visitors of all ages to bring their medals, photographs, diaries, letters and any other war-related mementos to the Museum.

Volunteers will be on hand to record your stories, take photographs of your artefacts and upload the recordings/photographs to an online archive. Experts will also be present to provide information and answer any questions you have about you or your family's experiences during the war.


  • Be transported back to the 1940s with live wartime music from our band.
  • Meet re-enactors from the British Army and Home Front and ask about life in the Second World War.
  • Get nostalgic with our Home Front display, featuring toys, newspapers and homemade items inspired by the ‘make do and mend’ campaign.

We are hosting this event in partnership with the University of Oxford, building on their successful First World War collecting project, Lest We Forget.

Restricted items

Please do not bring in items that are potentially hazardous or covered by licensing laws. This includes firearms, explosives, edged weapons or anything containing radioactive or asbestos materials. If such items are brought onto the site, the Museum may have to contact the police. The Museum cannot have any duty of care towards such items or the individual who brings such items in.

All items brought onto site are at the owner's risk. The Museum (and partners) are not responsible for the care of the items. Items must not be left unattended or left on site overnight.

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