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Harewood at War!


  • Learning Team
  • Harewood House Trust
    LS17 9LG

  • 0113 218 1000
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“Excellent workshop. Great variety and really interesting…The course leaders were fantastic; very knowledgeable and well prepared.”

Teacher, St Paul’s Catholic Primary School VA, Leeds


Join us and discover the vital role that Harewood House played during the World Wars in this hands-on, immersive workshop.

Your pupils will be offered an unforgettable learning experience by immersing themselves in the history of Harewood House, while they learn about the role it played in the war effort.

Each session is led by a costumed character who will give pupils the opportunity to learn about how the House and Gardens and Grounds were used to support the war effort.

A Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse will train your pupils in wartime medicine in this interactive session, helping them to understand how the wars led to advances in medical practice and understanding.

In the gardens join a member of the Women’s Land Army who will demonstrate the impact the war had on food production and diet and teach your pupils how to cook using rationed food. Both sessions highlight the role that women played in the conflicts. 

The session can be tailored to focus on the First or Second World War depending on your area of study and supports cross-curricular learning, with a focus on History, Science, DT (cooking) and PSHE.

Timings + Prices

Timings for all sessions are flexible and can be tailored to suit KS1 and KS2 pupils.

The session runs as two parallel activities by dividing your group in half, switching over activities at approximately 11.15am. Both sessions are guided by a costumed character giving your pupils all that they need whilst enabling them to explore for themselves. 

Example Itinerary



10:15am – 12:00am

Activity One – From House to Hospital

Based Below Stairs, pupils will be taught the medical developments brought about by the Wars through hands-on activities, using handling objects and historical source material.  

Activity Two – From Flowers to Food

Based in the Walled Garden, pupils will be taught how the war impacted on food production, impacted on the availability of food and on people’s diets. Using an historical recipe pupils will cook using rationed resources.*


£10 per pupil for a half-day experience.

How to Book

To submit a school booking request, please fill out our enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your booking.

*This is a hands-on cooking activity so please do let us know of any allergens or dietary requirements when completing the booking form.