BBC Television Documentary on Guernsey Evacuees

I am providing research to BBC Television for a documentary on ‘Guernsey evacuees in the North West’, to be broadcast in the North West and on Guernsey in late 2010

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Locals met the Guernsey evacuees at MOSI Manchester, on 23 August 2011 and viewed our film.

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 I was involved in the July issue of a set of Guernsey Evacuation 70th anniversary Commemorative stamps, click here.

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New Guernsey Evacuee Heritage Project in Bury, Lancashire

I am still working with local archives to collect the stories of Guernsey evacuees who came to England during the Second World War.
I worked with Joanne Fitton of Bury Archives to collect Guernsey evacuee stories from that area. We produced a film available on DVD, to tell the story and show what we discovered during the project. We also held an event at Ramsbottom Heritage Library and Gallery

If you were evacuated from Guernsey to England in 1940, or have any other information that you feel may interest me regarding the Guernsey Evacuation, please contact me via the ‘comments’ book at the foot of this page.

For details of the June Guernsey evacuee reunion that was held in Stockport in 2010, click here.  http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/life_and_style/s/1268475_70_years_on_how_wartime_evacuation_changed_lives_forever

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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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