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Treasuring wartime memories

PUBLISHED: 12:35 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:43 03 July 2010

WITH the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war approaching the memories of people who lived through the conflict are being preserved for posterity.

WITH the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the second world war approaching the memories of people who lived through the conflict are being preserved for posterity.

Oriel College in Gorleston is among local high schools taking part in the project recording the experiences of the wartime generation. A group of pupils are teaming up with staff from the Norfolk Museums Services and Archaeology Service interviewing people about their war-time experiences.

During the war, towns like Great Yarmouth bore the brunt of enemy bombing while the countryside provided vital food needed to sustain the war effort. The county also saw an influx of servicemen including many GIs, leading to many whirlwind romances.

The organisers would like to speak to anyone who was in Norfolk during the war and also local people with memories from different parts of the country or overseas.

They are particularly interested to hear from anyone who was a child during the war - especially any evacuees with memories, good or bad, of staying with a new family away from home.

If you would like to share your memories or would like to find out more about the project then please contact: Chris Sandall at Oriel on 01493 662966/email cmsandall@googlemail.com or Colin Stott at The Time and Tide Museum on 01493 743931/email colin.stott@norfolk.gov.uk.


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