Elmbridge Museum commemorates VE Day anniversary with Blitz exhibition and hands-on WW2 Experience workshop
‘The Blitz in our Borough’ exhibition – at the Civic Centre in Esher until June 2020
The Museum’s new exhibition uncovers the stories of local people who showed remarkable resilience whilst facing attack in their streets, shops and homes.
Some became Civil Defence workers, air raid patrol wardens, and fire guards. With the men in the armed forces, women often took their place in the factories.
From the members of the Women’s Land Army in Cobham to the workers at Vickers-Armstrong factory in Brooklands, Elmbridge people all played their part in our Borough’s own Blitz experience.
Free Talks About The Blitz Exhibition
You are invited to attend a free curator’s talk about the exhibition on the following days:
Wednesday 12th February 2020: 12.30 – 1pm
Wednesday 1st April 2020: 12.30 – 1pm
VE Day Special – Thursday 7th May 2020: 1.30 – 2pm
Talks are free, and booking is not required.
Questions are welcome. Our Exhibitions Officer will describe the process behind researching and installing the exhibition, while also outlining Elmbridge’s varied and unique experience of the Blitz in more detail.
She will talk about the Museum’s WW2 audio project and the ‘soundbite’ testimonials she recorded when meeting residents who had first-hand experience of the Blitz.
These audio clips draw a vivid picture of local life in WW2. This additional content will be available as part of the ‘Elmbridge at War’ online exhibition on the museum website (elmbridgemuseum.org.uk ) from March 2020.
Address: Elmbridge Civic Centre, High St, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD
Museum Explorers ‘Elmbridge at War Experience’ – Monday 17 February 2020
During February half-term) – King George’s Hall, High Street, Esher, KT10 9RA – 2 sessions: 10am to 11.30am and 12pm to 1.30pm. For children aged 5 to 13 years and their parents/carers.
Elmbridge Museum invites you to find out what life was like in Elmbridge during the Second World War. Discover where bombs fell and handle real WW2 artefacts. Take part in an air raid drill and learn how to create your own gas mask! Shop using a ration book.
Fee £5 per child applies. Booking essential at elmbridge.gov.uk/learning/families
Cllr Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said:
‘The role played by residents in the war effort was remarkable and Elmbridge Museum’s Blitz exhibition uncovers incredibly humbling testimonials of bravery and resilience.
Come and visit soon and don’t miss the opportunity to spend some time exploring life in WW2 with your children at the February half-term workshop run by the Museum Team. Don’t forget to book your child’s space in good time’.
Contact Elmbridge Museum
For further information about the exhibition or workshops, please contact Elmbridge Museum
Phone: 01372 474 568 Please mention the All About Weybridge website
Register on Website: elmbridgemuseum.org.uk