STUMBLE through a blackout, hide under the kitchen table, then race against a pigeon to deliver a message on a bike – families visiting Manchester’s IWM North can test themselves against a host of horrible half term challenges this autumn.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Blitz, IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, has teamed up with Horrible Histories to reveal some of the terrible truths behind this catastrophic conflict.

Brits in the Blitz

Visitors to the Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits exhibition, which runs at 1:30pm every day from Saturday, 24 October until Sunday, 1 November, will have to cover their ears and hold their noses as they peek into a 1940s toilet, sniff their way through stinky smells, from pig bins to ration stew, then create their own rotten recipes from wartime ingredients – hedgehog casserole anyone?

There is also a chance to catch the ration-weary housewife – a family friendly character on the loose in the exhibition – to find out just what rations she has in her shopping basket.

With interactive storytelling sessions every day of the half-term week at 10.30am and an open studio between 11am-12:30pm and 2pm-3:30pm where you can get up close with items not on display, why not take the whole family for a horrible half-term this autumn?

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