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Caring on the Home Front - Volunteer memories from World War Two

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Caring on the Home Front is a unique historical and social record of the period 1939-1945.

It is based on oral history interviews with Home Front volunteers who served in the Joint War Organisation, a partnership between the British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance. The unique experiences of these volunteers and their lively descriptions of their formative years engage and entertain far more than a dry record.

The Joint War Organisation provided vital medical, welfare and other support services. This website focuses on their work on the Home Front.

The website uses images from the collections of both organisations’ museums. There are also a number of video and audio clips available for you to download and use to support your teaching. You will also find a collection of other useful resources to help you bring your History and Citizenship lessons alive.

Curriculum links

Caring on the Home Front contains a wealth of resources supporting key areas of the curriculum. The four project packs cover the following areas of the curriculum:

The stories themselves, as well as resources like the fact sheets, could be used to support many more areas of the curriculum.

Project packs

Each pack contains lesson plan suggestions, classroom activities, assignment ideas and links to resources within the site. Links to other resources produced by the British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance are included.

Although the packs are aimed at specific age ranges, they can be adapted to other curriculum levels quite easily, or combined to form a single, broader, project.

Resource library

This is a unique collection of fact sheets, images, video and audio clips supporting the stories told in the website. You can use any of the material free of charge for educational purposes within your school, or in connection with school projects. You may not use them for any other purpose, or charge for them.

Go to the Resource Library