It is Tuesday and so you know what that means: Travel Tuesday! I have really enjoyed looking through all the links up this past week. I was homesick by by Louisa with her P is for the Perfect Pacentro, learning about how Kate’s Dad Lives in Kenya, and having my wanderlust fueled further by Lindsey’s travels to Thailand. I cannot wait to see where you are all sharing travels and stories of wanderlust from this week! You all make this link up so much fun and inspiring!
For Travel Tuesday I take you to the Imperial War Museum in London, England. We had the opportunity to visit this summer with my family. The reason for our going was to visit the limited time Horrible Histories Spies exhibit that was going on at the museum. My boys love the Horrible Histories television programme and so we left it as a surprise until we arrived at the IWM.
Horrible Histories is a British children’s television series based on the Terry Deary book series of the same name. It aims to provide entertainment while also informing its audience about history, thereby making a stereotypically boring topic fun – Wikipedia
The exhibit was very hands on and geared towards kids and the child in all of us. In fact I am not sure who had more fun: my sons or all of the adults. The boys got a special new Horrible Histories book and a special stamp sheet that they could use through out their experience at the museum. In different stations they could get an embossed stamp to signify they had completed that part of the journey.
In typical Horrible Histories fashion they were able to provide the truth of spies with real artifacts coupled with gruesome tales and sometimes disgusting things you as an adult would not really want to know. They had pictures and videos and many interactive areas where they could engage with computers to learn more about spies through out history.
Of course at the gifts shop they had every gag spy item imaginable as well as their book series for purchase. They even had quite a bit of books and films for the adults in the fiction and non fiction genres of war and spies.
One of the most fun activities we enjoyed was becoming spies and making our own faux passports to fit our secret cover identity. We then had to memorize our cover story and get questioned by the passport control to see if we could stay in the country. It was all quite fun and the whole family was entertained.
The Imperial War Museum is a great museum to visit when you are in London, England. After we visited the Horrible Histories Spies exhibit (and had a break for tea, of course) we went to see other areas of the museum. They have a pretty impressive area about war and spies geared more for adults though my children had almost as much fun as before. Even if you have young children like mine I would recommend taking them because we found it to be a great home education resource. It opened up dialog for more conversations about history, war, and spies. My boys were most impressed with all the artifacts they had that spies really used in this part of the museum.
Here were some favourite captures taken from the day:
More on Horrible Histories
Want to know a little more about what Horrible Histories is all about? I definitely recommend checking out their website below and you can find plenty skits and songs on youtube as well. My family’s favourite is the RAF song as we have history with the USAF and the RAF. It definitely brings in a lot of memories of my dad and I think he would have thought this song was so hilarious. I think you will too so I have shared it below.
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