Firewatchers of The Bar Convent

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Baedeker Raids in York. As part of The Bar Convent’s display, Baedeker: 80 Years On, younger visitors can discover more about the bravery of the sisters and the school pupils during the war.

Did you know that some of The Bar Convent’s sisters were firewatchers?¬†They had to work through the night and be ready for action at any time. Firewatchers were given badges to wear, and different styles were made during the war. You can have a go at making your own badge inspired by the firewatcher badges, or maybe you want to wear a badge for something you have achieved such as being kind, helpful, or doing your homework.

Baedeker: 80 Years On will run until mid-November as part of a citywide initiative. Included in admission to the exhibition.

The Bar Convent is one of York’s hidden gems and it’s well worth a visit. The exhibition is fascinating, with children’s activities along the way. The Bar Convent cafe is a lovely place for a cup of tea or light lunch, too. There are children’s options on the menu – try to get a table in the pretty garden.

The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom St, York YO24 1AQ Visit The Bar Convent website


Sat 28 May


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Bar Convent
17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ

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