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Library exhibition shows local impact of WW2

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Brian Allinson with some of the residents who contributed stories.

The impact of the Second World War on South Gloucestershire is the focus of a touring exhibition which is being hosted by Bradley Stoke Library from Monday 1st April to Saturday 13th April.

Stories of residents who lived in the region during or in the aftermath of the conflict are told in the National Lottery funded project.

The project team carried out research with community museums and through reminiscence sessions in care homes to gather quotes and images for the exhibition, in order to bring to life the experiences of those living and working in the area during the war.

From sweet rations to shelters, air-raids to evacuees, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to learn more about how local people lived during this critical time in our history.

Speaking at the launch of the touring exhibition in January, Cllr Brian Allinson, vice-chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded funding by the National Lottery for our Second World War Stories project. This exhibition captures what life was really like during the war and we are pleased to be able to share these important and powerful stories before they are lost to living memory.”

In attendance at the exhibition launch was Irene from Downend, who remembers the day that Filton was bombed:

“My husband was a fire watch volunteer at Bristol Aeroplane Company. The night Filton got bombed I paced up and down with baby Peter in my arms, praying that my husband was alive. There was no way of knowing until he walked through the door.”

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