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Homefront Recall Project

Like much of our work the Homefront Recall Project has brought together people of various ages and backgrounds. The core of the project was gathering in and recording the memories of those who lived through WWII on the Homefront, largely in Edinburgh. These memories are not about the major battles of war but the everyday struggles of coping with rationing, the blackouts and evacuation. Many of these stories are about a wartime childhood.


They convey for the most part a sense of normality and calm. The common answer to the question ‘How did you cope?’ has been ‘We just got on with it.’ All this material has been shared in a special way via drama workshops, script writing and improvisation. The actors and technicians involved in this process were students and schoolchildren, as well as older and retired people.


Out of all this has come a play entitled ‘The Memory Bank’ performed at Queen Margaret College's Theatre in Edinburgh. A series of workshops and a drama production at Trinity Primary School also in Edinburgh.IIt's been a project people have enjoyed on so many levels. Particularly rewarding has been the reaction of those who gave their memories of the Homefront as the source material.


Please read and listen to these memories of ordinary folk in extraordinary times. Also have a look at the activities pages below. We hope you find them to be both entertaining and allow you to think about what life was like then.


Content written by Joyce Miller.

Back to Collected Memories The War begins

THE WAR BEGINS

AIR RAIDS AND EVACUATION

Air Raids and Evacuation Food and Rationing

FOOD AND RATIONING

THE END OF THE WAR