VIDEO: Sheffield museum turns back the clock

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A good old knees up was had by visitors at Kelham Island Museum during its annual 1940s celebrations.

The Sheffield museum turned back the clock and invited people to experience life on the home front with re-enactment groups, vintage stalls and 1940s displays helping to set the scene.

One display was the equipment used by bthe Royal Marines Cockleshell Herores, who became the modern day SBS

One display was the equipment used by bthe Royal Marines Cockleshell Herores, who became the modern day SBS

Those staging the event, and several visitors, got into of the swing of things by wearing fabulous forties clothing. Ladies showed off their tea dresses, A-line skirts and vintage blouses while some of the men donned authentic military uniforms.

Rachel Walker, acting events and marketing manager at Klelam Island Museum, said: “This is the fifth year we have staged a 1940s weekend and it just seems to get better every year.

“We’ve had around 2,000 visitors over the weekend which is fantastic. People have particularly enjoyed the air raid re-enactments and also the actors and impersonators that have been here entertaining the crowds.

“The Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance lessons have also been a really big hit.”

The vintage vehicles such as this Jeep are always popular

The vintage vehicles such as this Jeep are always popular

As well as informative displays, the event also boasted vintage memorabilia including cars and military vehicles, plus sing-a-longs, antique stalls and guided museum tours, which paid particular attention to Second World War exhibitions.

A George Formby entertainer and Pete Jones, who sang wartime classics, proved particularly popular with the crowds.

Added Rachel: “We are delighted so many people have turned up in forties dress, it really adds to the atmosphere and helps people get into the 1940s spirit.”

Emily, Karen, Molly and Emily

Emily, Karen, Molly and Emily