Evacuee Play Trove (page 1 of 3)
In 1939 London’s culture of street play was abruptly interrupted by the prospect of Nazi bombing raids, when around 400,000 children were evacuated to new lives in rural Britain. What impact did this have on the way they played – during the war and once they had returned home? This Heritage Lottery funded project captures the memories of those evacuees and brings them to life for a new generation using theatre and film.
Play development worker Catherine Togut blogs about the project.
The ‘Evacuee Play Trove’ is the online home of an impressive archive of memories, games and pictures gathered and produced during the course of the project.
It includes a short film (below), games and a glossy photo book, and is the result of a year-long Heritage Lottery funded project which saw London Play collecting the memories of people who were evacuated from London as youngsters during World War II. All can be downloaded below.
19 OCTOBER: Well yesterday was the project finale and what an event it was! Deep beneath the corridors of power in Churchill's wartime nerve centre, the Cabinet War Rooms provided a suitably atmospheric setting for the premiere of the film and celebration event to mark the end of the project.
17 July: It's been confirmed that the end of project event will be on Friday 18 October at the Churchill War Rooms! What a fitting venue - Churchill’s wartime bunker is a fascinating piece of living history; an underground maze of rooms that once buzzed with round-the-clock planning and plotting, strategies and secrets.
25 June: Children in Tower Hamlets and across London have put aside their computer games and discovered first-hand the simple fun that their grandparents made for themselves, in a ground breaking project which has bridged the generational divide.
Last week children from St John’s Primary School in Bethnal Green brought to life the experiences – both sad and joyful – of people who were evacuated from London as children during World War II. Their musical performance for parents and staff was the culmination of six week’s work, during which the children were brought face to face with former evacuees to learn about the experience of being uprooted from London and sent off to live with families in the countryside.