Guernsey Evacuees, BBC1, 6th Dec. at 7.30pm

Part of BBC North West’s ‘Inside Out’ programme on Mon 6 December, 7.30pm, told the story of a young Guernsey evacuee, Paulette Le Mescam who came to Cheshire in June 1940, and found comfort from an extraordinary transatlantic penpal – Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt. It was also shown on the Channel Islands via BBC1’s ‘Inside Out South West’ programme at 7.30pm on the same date. I have greatly enjoyed working with Peter Trollope at BBC Manchester on this programme. You can see a clip at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wk9wn
for more info see:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/manchester/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9259000/9259538.stm

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Update: Channel Islanders in Bury Project, and Film

Thanks to everyone who attended the Project Open Day at Ramsbottom Heritage Gallery and watched a preview of our documentary film, met our evacuees and shared their memories with us. The documentary will be finalised in late 2010 and details on how to obtain a copy will be shown here at that time. This project was supported by an award from the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement.  See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/guernsey/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9096000/9096832.stm
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterbeacon/5178317390/in/photostream/

http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/news/display/?id=6372
http://www.communityarchives.org.uk/page_id__1013_path__.aspx

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Update: Channel Island evacuees in Bury and Tottington

We will be sharing some of our project findings at Ramsbottom Heritage Gallery and Library on Thursday 28th October, 1pm – 4pm. Please come along to meet evacuees and locals alike, with their memories of the Second World War in Bury & Tottington.  This project was supported by an award from the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement.  See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/guernsey/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9096000/9096832.stm

You can contact me with Channel Island evacuation memories at gillianmawson@btinternet.com

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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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