Betty

Who is Betty?

Betty is moving to a prefab in North Baddesley. She is excited to be leaving the house she and her family share with her parents-in-law and Mrs Eddings. Each family has its own floor but the building is crowded and the path to the outside toilet is hazardous in winter! Rationing still exists and the war, though over, still impacts everyday life.

Betty’s Visit

Betty is travelling between the shops and her home, tired she stops at your school for a rest. She has a range of packages and parcels containing various everyday items and gifts for family and friends. Travel worn and hungry, she may find a snack to eat and unwrap parcels to check and discuss their content. Don’t be surprised if she starts showing the audience how to behaviour 1950’s style.

There is no set script for the presentation, it depends on what artefacts or subjects the audience become interested. However, the material can be steered in the direction(s) desired by the class teacher. Teachers can opt to focus on the 1950’s or steer the conversation back to the war years.

Betty can talk about aspects of 1950’s life to do with medicine, health, food, leisure time, clothing, beliefs, family roles, houses, religion, occupations, towns, entertainments, and laws.

Workshops

If desired, Betty (or her historian alter-ego) can run workshops with the children in conjunction with the teachers. Or teachers can opt to run these themselves whilst the character works with another group/class. Explore the shopping basket – artefact handling and exploration. Money – go shopping. What would you buy? What would you avoid? Can you make sense of the old money? Toys and Games – try your hand at games that 1950’s children would recognise. Pen, ink, slates and chalk – try your hand at writing the old fashioned way. Tea making – with jugs, hot water and loose tea. Food tasting – try 1-3 foods any self respecting 1950’s household would recognise (costs 15p extra per child).

Travelling Shop

This a prebooked “step back in time shopping experience” that runs as a workshop within the visit. The children are given reproduction money (usually two coins) which they can either keep or use to choose a purchase from a range of items typically available in those times. Cost is £1.50 a child.

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