During out time at The Victorian Tunnels we spent time in a classroom where we had the pleasure of meeting a local guide called Basil who grew up in Newcastle and was aged 10 as the war began: he spent time in the tunnel and was also evacuated to Barnard Castle. He told us that he had enjoyed his time of evacuation, living with his brother and a very kind host. We found out about rationing, gas masks, the strap and cane, ARP helmets and Anderson and Morrison shelters. We were able to use replica items and try things on and observe and handle secondary resources linked to WW II. We had a brilliant time and learned a lot although the most exciting thing was definitely getting the chance to hear Basil talking about his first-hand experiences!