Talks by Gill Mawson


Please note that I am not currently undertaking talks due to family circumstances

September 2016

My Second World War books can be viewed on Amazon:


Hear me tell the story of the Evacuee school from Guernsey which was relocated to Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, during the Second World War! Friday 21 March 2014, at 7.30pm

I am giving an illustrated talk at All Saints Parish Rooms, 27 Church Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7JL. Come and hear the story of the teachers and children from Guernsey’s Forest School, who ran their school in Cheadle Hulme’s Parish Rooms between June 1940 and Autumn 1945.

Let me take you back in time as I use the Headmaster’s wartime diary, wartime photographs and the interviews that I have undertaken with Guernsey evacuees who spent the war in Cheadle Hulme. Some might even come along to share their memories!

Scroll down to see an image of the Guernsey children, with their teachers, enjoying a Christmas party in the Parish Rooms – the same room in which my talk will take place!

The venue is a 20 minute drive from Stockport town centre. It is easily accessible by rail (Cheadle Hulme station) and by bus. You can find it via Google maps:

Tickets cost £4 each (all proceeds will help preserve the Parish Rooms). To reserve a ticket, please call Jeremy on 0161 439 8203, or email him at

Here is a link to the Greater Manchester Journey Planner website:

 Forest school pupils and staff in Cheadle Hulme

8th February 2012, 7.45pm
I am giving a talk to the Cheshire Local History Association in Wilmslow, see their website at:
(there is a small admission charge for Non-members)


SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2011- 1pm – 4pm
Stockport War Memorial and Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB
“We’ll Meet Again”
– Meet the Guernsey evacuees who fled their island in June 1940, and found safety in Northern England. An interactive event for all the family. Admission free

Activities for all ages:

Watch our film screenings, and meet the Guernsey evacuees to hear their stories, and discover how war affects ordinary people,
Listen to Britain’s best George Formby lookalike singer,
Peep inside a Guernsey child evacuee’s suitcase;
Children – take part in the ‘Guernsey Evacuation Ship’ activity, and write a Red Cross message,
See original wartime documents and photographs,
Share your own wartime memories with Stockport Heritage Trust, over free tea and biscuits

Stockport War Memorial & Art Gallery: 0161 474 4453
Website (for location, directions, public transport, car parking etc):

This event WAS part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and is fully funded by the ERSC

Come along to our event at the People’s History Museum, Manchester (admission free)
“Meet the Past”: an evacuee storytelling event
SATURDAY 27th AUGUST 2011 – 1pm -3pm

A unique opportunity to meet and talk to real World War 2 evacuees who came from the Island of Guernsey to the North West. This special event includes a hands on activity for all ages where you can look through a child evacuee’s suitcase from the period. In addition you can take a look at original documents and watch a short film before meeting the Guernsey evacuees. You will have the chance to hear their stories, ask questions and see their own photographs from the time. An exciting and original occasion for everyone, this one off experience is a must for anyone interested in the social history of the period, local history and wartime memories.
Film showing 1pm,
Meet the evacuees 1.45pm
Booking advised – Call 0161 838 9190 or email

see the Museum website at

SATURDAY 7 MAY 2011 – 2pm – Film screening in Guernsey

The documentary made by film maker Diane Rickerby of Bury Archives Service, and I – ‘All my Worldy Possessions’ about Channel Island evacuees in Bury during WW2- is being shown at Les Cotils, Guernsey, at 2pm on Saturday 7th May 2011. Admission free, tea/coffee and biscuits £1.50. All welcome

TUESDAY 3 MAY 2011 7.30pm -Furness Vale
I am giving a talk at Furness Vale Local History Society, Yeardsley Lane, Furness Vale, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd May 2011, Admission for non members £1, includes refreshments

I will be speaking at the ‘Women & War: Experience and Memories’ Conference at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, near Lichfield, on 2nd April 2011–experiences-and-memories%27.aspx

Please contact me if you would like me to visit your group or organisation to give a Talk, or to run an ‘Evacuee suitcase experience’ session for children – a negotiable fee is chargeable. Please use the Comments box at the foot of this page to contact me.
(See my ‘Schools and Colleges’ page for school reviews!)

I am a CRB checked STEM Ambassador for History- see website

Please contact me if you would like to commission me to write for your publication – I have written articles on the Channel Islands Evacuation for a number of magazines, newspapers and journals.

My other research interests include:

The Guernsey Evacuee and Mrs Roosevelt: The work of the WW2 organisation “Foster Parent’s Plan for War Children” – and the work of Eric Muggeridge

The momentous decisions made by Channel Island mothers in June 1940 – Occupation or Evacuation?

Housewives Choice?: Manchester housewives, Smoke Pollution and Smokeless Fuels in the 1950s and 1960s – The story of the Manchester housewives who protested against the compulsory introduction of smokeless fuels into their own homes

To order my book (published Nov 12th 2012)
‘Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War’ (History Press) go to:

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