Evacuees Week 80th Anniversary

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/09/2019 - 07/09/2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location
Radstock Museum

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Marking the 80th Anniversary of the first Evacuee trains, there are a series of attractions throughout the week at the museum.
An entrance ticket offers return admission for a full calendar year (in usual opening hours).

Tuesday:
Watch an hour-by-hour visual as events unfolded on 3rd September 1939.
Hear extracts from Roger Moorhouse’s book, ‘Berlin At War’ for the surprising reaction by Berliners to the outbreak of war. (By kind permission of the author)
Sign our Peace Book: leave a message, remembrance or comment.

Wednesday:
Join Ted Marsh for his talk at 3pm. Ted was an Evacuee from Canning Town and will share his experiences and recollections on wartime Somerset but also his illustrious life as a farmer, industrial rights campaigner, author and holder of the British Empire Medal.

Thursday:
Former Evacuees are invited to a coffee morning and get-together, from 11am-12noon. No charge but please contact events@radstockmuseum.co.uk to reserve places.
From his yet-to-be published book, ‘First To Fight’, Roger Moorhouse has offered us extracts describing the Polish reaction and events of early September 1939. Listen to audio recordings by volunteers.
Letters of evacuated children who were billeted in Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Peasedown St John. Funny, vivid, extraordinary and very real, these are with kind permission of the South West Heritage Centre: read their stories displayed in the gallery.

Friday:
All visitors will receive an ID card, billeting details and evacuation luggage tag with their entrance ticket.

Saturday:
Local Evacuee, Audrey Gane, recalls her experiences of evacuation to Timsbury and Paulton. Reading from her memoirs, Audrey is in the museum from 2-4pm. She will happily be ‘interviewed’ by children visiting!
Children: children visiting in evacuee costume, with a homemade gasmask box or a luggage tag gain entry for £1 and can join in a range of self-led activities around the museum. Storyboards, recordings for radio, handling facsimile documents and Q&A with our Evacuee.

Please do check website for opening times: http://radstockmuseum.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

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