Join the party atmosphere with popular 1940s music playing from our US Army Air Force Jeep

Friday 8th May – Saturday 9th May 2020

1940s VE Day celebrations in Bucks

A special VE Day celebration

*Now Cancelled due to Covid-19*

On Friday 8th May, it will be 75 years since the end of the war in Europe in what is known as VE Day (Victory in Europe). 6 Years of war and destruction came to an end and many people took to the streets to celebrate with dancing and singing. They mourned those that were lost and looked ahead to a brighter future.

Friday 8th May 2020, has been designated by the government as a Bank Holiday so come and celebrate VE day with us at our special 1940s event.

Music and dancing

Jeep, Jump, Jive will be creating a party atmosphere with popular 1940s music playing from their US Army Air Force Jeep. There will be Lindy Hop* social dancing and the opportunity for everyone to get involved with fun classes for all ages.

*Lindy Hop is the dance that defines the 1940s. The swing dance arrived in Britain with the American GIs during WW2.

WW1 and WW2 history

During the early 1940s people spent years with food and clothes rationing but there was still some time to go before rationing was stopped. Many houses had been destroyed and there was a need to build accommodation quickly and prefabs were seen as the answer.

  • Explore our 1940s post war prefab and learn more about how they offered new found luxuries such as fridges and ovens!
  • See the Museum’s ‘Dig for Victory’ allotment and discover what produce would have been grown
  • Learn how the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign become the ‘Dig for Plenty’ campaign post war
  • Visit the Museum’s reconstructed WW1 and WW2 Nissen huts and find out more about these World Wars and learn about some local war heroes
  • Explore Leagrave cottage which will be specially re-dressed for the 1940s to reflect a country cottage and the type of home where children from London would have been evacuated.

Standard admission prices apply. get discounted tickets when you pre-book online. Free entry for Annual Pass holders.