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Harewood at War!

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.

Inspired by the Harewood 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.

If your area of study is the First World War you may wish to add our exchange one of these sessions for a study on Princess Mary, a past resident of Harewood House, and whose charitable endeavors resulted in the creation of the Princess Mary Gift Box. This scheme, championed by Princess Mary,  was intended to be distributed to all members of the armed forces of the British Empire in recognition of their service. 

More information on this session can be found here. Please contact our Learning Team if this is something that you would like to discuss.

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

10am Arrival

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

Inspired by 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.*


£7 per pupil for a half-day experience.

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.

Allergen warning

Please make us aware of any allergens or dietary requirements when completing the booking form. This session includes a practical baking session so it is important that we understand your specific requirements.

An ingredient list can be provided upon request and alternative ingredients can be sourced to make this session as inclusive and safe as possible.