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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 22 June Downend Library: 11am – 12.30pm
Friday 28 June Emersons Green Library: 11am – 4pm
Thursday 25 July Kings Chase Shopping Centre: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 3 August Kings Chase Shopping Centre: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 28 September Hanham Library: 10.30am – 12.30pm

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
10 – 22 June Downend Library
25 June – 6 July Emersons Green Library
8 – 21 July Yate Leisure Centre
22 July – 4 August Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood
2 – 15 September Avon Valley Railway
16 – 28 September Hanham Library

Oral History Training with Paul Evans of Gloucestershire Archives

As part of this project, we are offering a 3 hour free introduction to oral history with Paul Evans of Gloucestershire Archives on Thursday 11 July, 1.30pm at the Council Offices in Yate. The training would be suitable for local history groups or those working with older people.

For further details and to book your place

Want to get involved?

If you feel you can contribute in any way, such as putting us in contact with individuals whose story you think we should capture, please contact ww2stories@southglos.gov.uk.

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.

 

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

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