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House Proud

Yesterday morning, Miss Jeni Yesterday and I were commissioned to do a quick photoshoot in a rather splendid location – the Imperial War Museum. Jeni works for the museum, and they needed a pair of suitable models for a special job…


The Children’s War exhibition has been running fo a while at the IWM, and looks at the home front in Britain and the impact of the Second World War through the eyes of the children who lived through it. The 1940s House is one of the most popular parts – it’s a recreation of a house of the time, complete with genuine furniture and props. Given the time of year, it’s been dressed up in authentic Christmas decorations – paper chains and crepe tinsel, with cards, presents, and even mince pies in the oven!

But this is its last hurrah, because the exhibition is due to close on the 2nd January 2012. Boo!

Gawd save ’em!
Domestic goddesses, we are.

The whole museum is worth a visit, of course; but the house is especially lovely. Here’s some seasonal sales blurb…

Families looking for something different to entertain the kids this holiday season should head down to IWM London for Christmas in the Wartime House family activities. From 17 – 23 & 28 – 31 December at 11.00am – 12.30pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm, visitors can find out how Christmas was celebrated during the Second World War on the British home front. At a time of rationing and shortages and no guarantee that families could be together it was still possible to celebrate. Join the learning team to find out more about a creative Christmas in wartime Britain and take part in a rolling programme of festive activities. Free drop-in activity suitable for all ages with parental supervision.

This is going to be Jeni’s and my joint Christmas card – Royal family style.
Oh go on, just a small drop.

Do go along if you’re looking for something interesting to do this festive period, once it’s gone, it’s gone! The shop does contain some truly excellent gifts though, perfect Christmas presents for vintage-loving friends.

Thanks to the IWM for having us, it was an absolute honour to step beyond the ropes and be snapped in the 1940s House!

Fleur xx

PS. Because loads have asked already on Facebook, my dress is from Able Grable a couple of years ago, but it’s not available any more… Jeni’s is vintage, of course! And my shoes are from Office.



Oh, that's sad it's closing – I've taken the kids from work there a few times and they LOVE the house. It really brings the war history alive! I wish there were more museums like it.

Vintage Amethyst

Aahh these photos are delicious!!! So fun! You both look amazing!!!
I've never mentioned before but my husband is an artist & you may like his work, pop along to take a peek ~ http://www.james-paterson.co.uk
He currently has an exhibition on at the Heart-break gallery in London if you are near by.
You can see these paintings on his website though, they are all based upon 40's/50's detective novels!


Top hurrahing notch! Looking a treat ladies 🙂

So sad that the exhib is closing. I was rather hoping that they may make it a fixture. Alas 🙁


Such a shame, the house is great! And it's been there so long that I'd all but assumed it was a permanent exhibit. Well, I guess that means a trip to the IWM before it disappears…


Proper sad that the exhibition is closing it is/was one of my favourites. I sure the next one will be just as fantabulous though. Love the dresses you two ladies always look dead glam.


Love your shoes Fleur. I have a few pairs in brown and navy. Got them from Comments in Amerimark's website. It's http://www.amerimark.com. Then go to the Pumps category. It's the ADA shoe. I can't wear high heels but these are under 5 centimeters in height. I want to get a pair in Black and another in gray.


Hello! Lovely photos – I just wanted to let you know that our local Toronto, Ontario, Canada daily free newspaper (they hand them out at the metro stations) had a small article with your photo (Christmas tree) promoting the exhibit (small world).
Happy New Year!


I am addicted to your Blogs and website, I am an American vintage Gal, I love the Vintage Mafia, wish we had something similar here in California, Brava to you!


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