The Forties Experience

The Forties Experience A unique, hands on, WW2 living history attraction located in Bushey, Hertfordshire at the site of the WW2 operational HQ of the USAAF 8th Fighter Command.
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Due to the ongoing global situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, we will remain closed for the foreseeable future. We will keep you updated as to when we will reopen. Admission: Adults £5, Children/OAPs £3, Under 4's Free

It's not just a museum - It's a living history experience! What was once the WW2 operational headquarters of the United States Air Force 8th Fighter Command is today home to The 1940s Experience, a part of the Lincolnsfields Children's Centre, which is run by the Lincolnsfields Children's Charity. The 1940s Experience offers exciting, unique educational trips for both children and adults. For children and young people we offer two study opportunities under our Children at War Evacuees Experience programme. These are group day visits for schools and, uniquely in the UK, 3-day residential visits; which allow pupils to fully experience some of the realities of being a child during the Second World War. The adult and family programme centres around the regular Open Day events at the Centre on the last Sunday of every month (except December) and pre-booked private group visits for party bookings. There are lots of hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. We offer education, nostalgia and fun! Big or small, young or old we cater to all - whether you're looking for a trip down memory lane; to experience parents or grandparents stories of their life during the war; or to learn about an important part of our country's history in a fun, hands on way.

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Photos from The Lincolnsfields Childrens Centre's post
02/05/2021

Photos from The Lincolnsfields Childrens Centre's post

Merry Christmas from everyone at The Forties Experience :)
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas from everyone at The Forties Experience :)

A post from The Lincolnsfields Childrens Centre: We are very lucky to have a group of young people who are building a me...
10/08/2020
Lincolnsfield Children Centre Memorial organized by NCS Team 5 2020

A post from The Lincolnsfields Childrens Centre: We are very lucky to have a group of young people who are building a memorial and are raising funds towards the build any little amount will help.

The memorial will be built on the site, to honour the fallen servicemen and women from WW1, WW2 and the Cold War.

We are a group of 7 teenagers who are a… NCS Team 5 2020 needs your support for Lincolnsfield Children Centre Memorial

The Lincolnsfields Childrens Centre
08/05/2020

The Lincolnsfields Childrens Centre

HAPPY VE DAY to everyone.
Stan Ellis our residential World War 2 Veteran and prisoner of war celebrating VE Day with his partner. Stan wishes you all a happy VE day and stay safe. Till we meet again.

22/03/2020

Happy Mothers Day to all the mums, nannas and grannies out there. Please stay safe.

"We'll meet again. Don't know where, don't know when. But I know we'll meet again some sunny day."

Well done to everyone who guessed that it was a knitted jumper. You can find this particular jumper on our model of an e...
20/03/2020

Well done to everyone who guessed that it was a knitted jumper. You can find this particular jumper on our model of an evacuee boy in the Morrison Shelter room.

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19/03/2020

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Well done to everyone that guessed it was a typewriter. You can find the typewriter in the toy and games room.We'll post...
17/03/2020

Well done to everyone that guessed it was a typewriter. You can find the typewriter in the toy and games room.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Thursday.

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16/03/2020

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Well done to everyone who correctly guessed that it was a jigsaw puzzle. You can find this jigsaw puzzle in the toy and ...
13/03/2020

Well done to everyone who correctly guessed that it was a jigsaw puzzle. You can find this jigsaw puzzle in the toy and games room.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Monday.

The Forties Experience's cover photo
13/03/2020

The Forties Experience's cover photo

13/03/2020

Statement regarding the 1940s Experience Public Open Days.

With the current Global situation regarding the Corona Virus, discussions have taken place between management and the Board of Trustees. The 1940s Experience Public Open days will not be going ahead for the foreseeable future.

The decision has not been taken lightly. We are following advice from the Government Guidelines that have been issued, and we want to reduce the risk to all service users, volunteers and staff.

We will keep you updated as to when we will re-open for public open days.

Kind Regards

The Management and Board of Trustees

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12/03/2020

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During your visit, why not pop into the Airman's Club and pay a visit to our resident band 'The Mustangs'? You can liste...
11/03/2020

During your visit, why not pop into the Airman's Club and pay a visit to our resident band 'The Mustangs'? You can listen to them perform "The Sounds of the 50s" on our open days between 12.30pm and 2.30pm 🎸

Well done to Richard West, Christine Manning and Alfred Gould for correctly guessing that it was a "Coughs and Sneezes S...
10/03/2020

Well done to Richard West, Christine Manning and Alfred Gould for correctly guessing that it was a "Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases" poster. You can find this poster on the wall in the toy and games room.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Thursday.

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09/03/2020

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Happy International Women's Day!
08/03/2020

Happy International Women's Day!

Well done to everyone who correctly guessed that it was a lace up, leather football. You can find the football in the sc...
06/03/2020

Well done to everyone who correctly guessed that it was a lace up, leather football. You can find the football in the scullery.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Monday.

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05/03/2020

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If you get hungry during your visit, you can pop into our NAAFI Cafe for some refreshments. Located opposite the 1940s H...
04/03/2020

If you get hungry during your visit, you can pop into our NAAFI Cafe for some refreshments. Located opposite the 1940s House, the NAAFI Cafe serves a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and soup.

Well done to Richard West, Wendy Barnes, Alfred Gould and Marc C Black who correctly guessed that it was a box of Sunlig...
03/03/2020

Well done to Richard West, Wendy Barnes, Alfred Gould and Marc C Black who correctly guessed that it was a box of Sunlight Soap. You can find this on display in the history corridor.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Thursday.

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02/03/2020

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I think we had just about every name for it, so well done to everyone who correctly guessed that it was a chamber pot / ...
28/02/2020

I think we had just about every name for it, so well done to everyone who correctly guessed that it was a chamber pot / guzunder. You can find this under the bed in the 1940s bedroom.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Monday.

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27/02/2020

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As a contrast to our 1940s rooms, you can also pay a visit to our 1950s room. As well as the living room/kitchen scene t...
26/02/2020

As a contrast to our 1940s rooms, you can also pay a visit to our 1950s room. As well as the living room/kitchen scene there are also displays on life in the 1950s including 1950s fashion, children's games and the Queen's coronation.

Lots of correct guesses this time round. Well done to everyone who guessed that it was a cash register / till. You can f...
25/02/2020

Lots of correct guesses this time round. Well done to everyone who guessed that it was a cash register / till. You can find this in the NAAFI Cafe.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Thursday.

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24/02/2020

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23/02/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our open day today. If you've enjoyed your visit, you can leave comments as a review on Facebook or on TripAdvisor.

Our next open day will be Sunday 29th March 2020.

Well done to Richard West and Gavin Ware for guessing that it was a height measure. You can find this in the village sch...
21/02/2020

Well done to Richard West and Gavin Ware for guessing that it was a height measure. You can find this in the village schoolroom.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Monday but before then we have our February public open day this Sunday from 10.30am until 4pm. We hope to see you there!

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20/02/2020

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Pay a visit to our Military Museum and explore our collection of WWII artefacts, including displays on Women at War, arm...
19/02/2020

Pay a visit to our Military Museum and explore our collection of WWII artefacts, including displays on Women at War, army rations, GI brides, army nursing, Monte Camino, our SOE collection and much more.

Well done to Richard West for correctly guessing that it was a compass. You can find the compass in the Military Museum....
18/02/2020

Well done to Richard West for correctly guessing that it was a compass. You can find the compass in the Military Museum.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Thursday.

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17/02/2020

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No correct guesses this time but it was a Bronze Star medal. You can find the Bronze Star medal on display in the Bushey...
14/02/2020

No correct guesses this time but it was a Bronze Star medal. You can find the Bronze Star medal on display in the Bushey Hall History Room.

We'll post another picture for you to guess on Monday.

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13/02/2020

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Address

The Lincolnsfield Children's Centre, Bushey Hall Drive,
Bushey
WD23 2ES

Telephone

01923233841

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Due to the current global situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, our public open days will not be going ahead for the forseeable future. We will keep you updated as to when we will re-open. Admission: Adults £5, Children/OAPs £3, Under 4's Free It's not just a museum - It's a living history experience! What was once the WW2 operational headquarters of the United States Air Force 8th Fighter Command is today home to The 1940s Experience, a part of the Lincolnsfields Children's Centre, which is run by the Lincolnsfields Children's Charity. The 1940s Experience offers exciting, unique educational trips for both children and adults. For children and young people we offer two study opportunities under our Children at War Evacuees Experience programme. These are group day visits for schools and, uniquely in the UK, 3-day residential visits; which allow pupils to fully experience some of the realities of being a child during the Second World War. The adult and family programme centres around the regular Open Day events at the Centre on the last Sunday of every month (except December) and pre-booked private group visits for party bookings. There are lots of hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. We offer education, nostalgia and fun! Big or small, young or old we cater to all - whether you're looking for a trip down memory lane; to experience parents or grandparents stories of their life during the war; or to learn about an important part of our country's history in a fun, hands on way.

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2020 see's a new touring show going live for the 75th anniversary of VE DAY/ We are at present looking for artistes to perform on the show.. Auditions will be on a Sunday in December at Peterborough . If anyone is interested? Please PM me and we will take it from there.
The Forties Experience/ The Lincolnfields Centre VACANCY Children's Centre Activity Assistant We are looking for an enthusiastic team member who share our passion in enabling children to have an enjoyable and memorable school journey. The centre is busy with both day and residential programmes so confidence is needed to deliver a variety of educational activities to children primarily aged 6-11 years. An interest or experience in the 1940's era and/or environmental/outdoor education an advantage but not necessary as full training will be given. Duties will include catering, site maintenance, light domestic duties which altogether makes for a varied role. Flexible working hours day/eve hours over 7 days. This position comes with accommodation on a shared basis as "on-call duty" will be required. Pay £8.25 per hour. Minimum 35 hour week. For further information and for an application form please call the Main Office on 01923 233841.
VACANCY Children's Centre Activity Assistant We are looking for an enthusiastic team member who share our passion in enabling children to have an enjoyable and memorable school journey. The centre is busy with both day and residential programmes so confidence is needed to deliver a variety of educational activities to children primarily aged 6-11 years. An interest or experience in the 1940's era and/or environmental/outdoor education an advantage but not necessary as full training will be given. Duties will include catering, site maintenance, light domestic duties which altogether makes for a varied role. Flexible working hours day/eve hours over 7 days. This position comes with accommodation on a shared basis as "on-call duty" will be required. Pay £8.25 per hour. Minimum 35 hour week. For further information and for an application form please call the Main Office on 01923 233841.
Had some great audiences in the airman's bar they really enjoyed themselves and so did we. The Mustangs!! 🎼🎸🥁
RE The Mustangs. Unfortunately due to illness we wont be playing at the Airman's club this Sunday 29th Oct. Were very sorry but will see you soon.
We had a great crowd in the Airman's Bar last Sunday we thank you all for your support. We also would like to thank the Lady that baked us a Fruit Cake it was lovely!!! See you all soon. The Mustangs
The Mustangs will be playing this Sunday 24th September pop into the Airman's club and see them.
Hi haw much to get in to the museum please.
The Mustangs
My friend and I had a wonderful day exploring all the exhibits..Lots of nostalgia..listening to the amazing Mustangs playing rock and roll and talking to lovely people. We dressed in our forties outfits and re lived history.!!.fantastic thank you.
Some of the reenactment group and volunteers meeting WW2 veteran Cledwin Yorwerth a rear gunner on the Lancaster bombers he joined up in 1944 and lied about his age to do his part for the war effort. Cledwin joined us yesterday at the public open day. Thank you for your service Cledwin Yorwerth.