Family days out: Imperial War Museum Duxford

Try on Army camouflage at Imperial War Museum Duxford this Easter
Try on Army camouflage at Imperial War Museum Duxford this Easter

Find out how science and technology helped the Allies win the Second World War with a series of activities at Imperial War Museum Duxford this Easter.

IWM Duxford is teaming up with security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin UK to stage a series of fun Easter holiday activities to examine the ingenious inventions created by Britain’s scientific boffins to ensure victory on D-Day.

With interactive talks, the museum will explain what D-Day was all about and why it was so important in the course of the Second World War.

Visitors can look at the challenges of landing on a defended beach and how science and a chap called Percy Hobart, with his “unconventional” ideas about armoured warfare, overcame those challenges.

You can discover how tanks were made to float, how they carried their own bridges and how they destroyed mines.

There will be plenty of opportunities to try your hand at these inventive pieces of equipment.

Have a go at firing a petard and then take a look at the real petard that can be seen on the Churchill tank in the Land Warfare exhibition.

The Bailey bridge over the model river has been blown up and completely destroyed.

You can construct your own Bailey bridge using Geomag magnetic construction. It’s quite a challenge, as the bridge won’t be of an equal distance across the river.

When you explore the museum, find the two real Bailey bridges that are still in use every day.

Become a tank driver as you guide a remote-controlled tank over tricky terrain and through our obstacle course.

See if you can beat your fellow tank drivers to the finish line.

Try on mini-uniforms representing the British Army in the Second World War.

Make an Airfix model of a Supermarine Spitfire which would have been used for reconnaissance activity in preparation for the D-Day Landings. Airfix model-making is suitable for children aged eight and above.

The whole family can have fun with the photographic foreground boards.

Put a flying helmet on and pop your head through the board to reveal your new role as a Spitfire pilot. Strike a pose and get your photograph taken in position.

Take inspiration from Percy Hobart and enter the creative competition to design your own specially-modified D-Day tank.

Find out how strange scientific inventions helped to achieve success on D-Day and change the course of the Second World War.

Lockheed Martin UK chief executive Stephen Ball said: “Advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics helps excite and develop the UK’s next-generation of young engineers and, for this reason, is an important focus area for Lockheed Martin UK.

“We know first-hand the importance of educating young people in these areas and are proud to be supporting IWM Duxford’s interactive Easter programme.”