Hello world!

Since May 2008, I have been interviewing those who fled Guernsey to mainland Britain in June 1940, just a few days prior to the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. My particular research at the University of Manchester has concentrated on the thousands that arrived in unfamiliar  industrial towns in Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire.  The evacuees spent two to three weeks in Evacuee Reception Centres, before being provided with local accommodation. Over 5,000 Guernsey children were evacuated with their school teachers and many did not see their parents again for five long years. My interviews have revealed emotional stories from both children and adult evacuees, regarding the actual evacuation, their five years in England cut off from friends and family on Guernsey, and of their return to Guernsey in 1945

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About mbjssgpm

I am a social historian of the 1930s and 1940s and have published 3 history books, now writing 4th. I run a community group for evacuees who came from Guernsey to Northern England and did not return home. My books are at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gillian-Mawson/e/B008MWQ0IE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1485954968&sr=1-1
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4 Responses to Hello world!

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  2. ritaroberts says:

    Hi Gill, You have been really busy with your project.Im so pleased it has brought so many people together,also opened the eyes of the youngsters of today.And I can see you are really enjoying hearing all those stories from your Evacuees. Will you be venturing into Evacuees of other countries.during WWll I continue to read you blog.Great work Gill.

    • mbjssgpm says:

      thanks so much for your comment Rita and it is lovely to have your support. There is so much more to findout about the Guernsey evacuation that I will be kept busy for a few years yet. I also want to study the Guernsey schools that were in England for 5 years in more detail. I have also interviewed a Basque refugee who fled the Spanish Civil War, which was really interesting.

  3. ritaroberts says:

    Hi Gill I am looking forward to reading more about your fascinating project. The Spanish refugee sounds interesting will you be posting about that?
    Best wishes Rita.

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