We’ve learned so much about life as a child during the war from our trip to Beamish. We were evacuees for the day. We made our own gas mask boxes, identity cards and ration books, which was a lot of fun. When we arrived at Beamish, a warden took us by bus to Home Farm, where we tended to the animals, stayed in an air raid shelter, put up black out materials in the cottage and baked carrot cookies using rationed ingredients. It was a really good day, but we are pleased to be back in modern times – where we now know is the luckiest place to be.