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Second World War

A young female SOE agent with a steely gaze poses in a fur coat and carries a sub-machine gun

An excellent topic to extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 or for local history, the Second World War was a key turning point in our nation’s history.

Resource Information

We have designed the resources below to help your pupils learn, whether they are in the classroom or at home. They will also support and complement a visit.  

Check out our Second World War: Home Front workshop at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, or Second World War: Protect the Port workshop at Fort Nelson.

Download the Second World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS2 (pdf, 252 KB) for helpful information and tips on how these resources can assist in your lesson planning.


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Morse code message

Morse Code was in use for nearly 100 years by the time the Second World War was declared. See if your pupils have what it takes to crack the code. 

Download the Second World War Learning Resource Teacher Notes KS2 (pdf, 207 KB) to get the code cipher and the answer to the code.

Photo Bank

All the below images are from our collection and will enhance students visual understanding of the Second World War.

Click/tap the image to reveal more information, including a link to further information and more images of the object.

You are more than welcome to use the images in your lessons and other non-commercial education. If in doubt, please download our Copyright Policy (pdf, 93 KB) or contact our licencing team.

Contact Information

Please contact us to make a booking or if you have any questions.

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07785 692 443

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Education Team 
Royal Armouries Museum 
LS10 1LT 
United Kingdom