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South Gloucestershire Second World War stories

South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories project

We are delighted to have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund for our South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to explore the impact of the Second World War in South Gloucestershire. We want to share your stories about what it was like to grow up, live and work in South Gloucestershire during or in the aftermath of the war.

Community Events

Join in with one of our community events to discover more about how the Second World War affected life in your area.  Learn about others stories or share your own.  From sweet rations to shelters, air-raids to evacuees, learn more about how your parents and grandparents lived through the war.

And if you lived through the war yourself, please bring along any memorabilia or photographs so we can capture your stories. We can scan photos and add them to the Know Your Place website to highlight a slice of history.

Events in 2019 Venue
Saturday 3 August Kings Chase Shopping Centre: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 28 September Hanham Library: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Commemoration Event and Film Premiere

To acknowledge the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and to share the stories that we have gathered through our project, we are hosting two free events.

South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories Project Film Premiere

Tuesday 3 September, 2019: 12.30 or 2.30pm

The Armadillo, Yate Youth Café, Yate Shopping Centre, Yate, BS37 4FW

Discover the real life stories of people who lived in the area during the war. These 10 short films tell stories of wartime childhood, headstrong women and men at war, of ordinary lives affected by extraordinary events.

Refreshments provided.

Choose one of the two screening. Each screening will last approximately 1 hour.

Book for a screening here

South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories Commemoration Event

Saturday 7 September, 2019: 10.30am – 4pm

Aerospace Bristol, Aerospace Museum Building 15F, Patchway, BS34 7QH

In tribute to the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and to share the work of the project over its 18 months, we’re bringing together all the stories we’ve gathered, the people we’ve met and work we’ve created for one extraordinary experience. There will be a chance to view our touring exhibition, watch the short films, take part in activities, enjoy live music from the era and meet our living history volunteers. Suitable for all ages.

Café open for refreshments

No booking required. Please drop in at any time during the day.

Exhibition

Our new touring exhibition runs alongside our community events. It focuses on the impact of the Second World War on the lives of the people of South Gloucestershire including people on the move, air raids, school days and war work.  Catch the exhibition at venues across South Gloucestershire:

2019 Exhibition dates Exhibition Venue
22 July – 4 August Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood
2 – 15 September Avon Valley Railway
16 – 28 September Hanham Library

We are also capturing stories of those who served in the Second World War and are commemorated on our war memorials. You can find further information here.

In October 2019, we will share the stories we have collected and our activities here as a resource and reminder of the impact of the Second World War in South Gloucestershire.

For further information, please contact ww2stories@southglos.gov.uk.

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

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