Since 2008 I have gathered a great deal of information on the Channel Islands Evacuation (Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and Sark) to England of June 1940. Over 23,000 evacuees spent the war years on the British mainland because their islands were occupied by Germany until 9 May 1945. Some never returned home.
YOU CAN VIEW MY EDUCATIONAL TIMELINE OF THE GUERNSEY EVACUATION, CREATED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HSTRY.ORG, HERE
I now have a large collection of wartime documents and photographs. I have written a book (see trailer link below) and, at March 2014, have interviewed over 350 Channel Island evacuees. This work is still ongoing. These interviews and documents have created an Evacuation Archive in England and much of this information is currently not held anywhere else.
A number of Guernsey’s wartime telegrams have recently been shared with the London Science Museum and form part of their permanent ‘Information Age’ exhibition. You can find out more about this here:
WORKING WITH SURVIVING EVACUEES IN GREATER MANCHESTER
I also work with evacuees both in England in Guernsey on events which engage with the public, and I am particularly keen to share these wartime stories with children. See:
A number of Guernsey evacuees were with me on Saturday 8 November 2014 10am – 1pm at St Mary’s Church, Stockport, as part of the ERSC Festival of Social Science. We shared their wartime stories, photographs and documents with visitors, and I displayed a real Guernsey evacuee’s suitcase which also contains some of the original contents. (see my Community Events page on this blog for more information)
I organise evacuee events in both Guernsey and Greater Manchester. Many evacuees still own one or more of the items that they took to England with them in June 1940 (toys, suitcases and more) and they brought these items along to the event to share with the public. You can see many of these items on my other blog here:
I aim to spend 2016 and 2017 sharing many of these items digitally so that they are accessible online to the people of the Channel Islands and the rest of the world. I am working closely with Guernsey Museums in this regard. It will also ensure the preservation of many wartime documents in my collection which are becoming increasingly fragile. This work has been facilitated by a digital heritage award from the EMC Corporation.
More news on this will follows as this work unfolds.
This postcard was sent to to young evacuee Tony Blampied by his grandparents in Guernsey. They had not seen him since he was evacuated to England as a baby five years earlier.
This suitcase was brought to England by a little Guernsey girl in June 1940 and still contains some of the original contents. She has donated the suitcase to our archive, and I take it to events and talks so that people can see the items first hand.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE GUERNSEY EVACUATION, SEE THE OTHER PAGES ON THIS BLOG
To view my ‘Guernsey Evacuees’ book trailer, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR0uXCBCFHc&feature=youtu.be
or read some for free on the Amazon site here:
I AM ALSO CREATING AN ARCHIVE OF BRITISH EVACUATION STORIES AND MY BOOK OF 100 EVACUATION STORIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS WAS PUBLISHED ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2014. My third book will be published on 30 November 2016 and you can view all my books here:
Community Archive for Channel Islands Evacuation, Derbyshire & Greater Manchester