A Wartime Childhood in East Lancashire

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Over forty children from Blackburn Children’s University took part in an exciting day at the University Centre at Blackburn College in an event to commemorate eighty years since the start of the Second World War.

With the help of undergraduate students from the School of Art and Society, the children hid in a mock air raid shelter, planted seeds to ‘Dig for Victory’, made planes, learned about rationing, made masks and poppies for display, and pretended to be evacuees writing letters home. The day culminated in a simulated air-raid blackout where search lights lit the darkness followed by the ‘all clear’ siren, and a performance of war time songs by the children in front of their parents.

The event is part of an inter-generational community arts project aimed at bringing together old and young residents of East Lancashire through a year-long programme of creative activities focused on the experience of a wartime childhood and the Home Front.  The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the University Centre, the Children’s University, Each Step Care Home and Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

12 Nov 2019, 08:40 AM