University of Greenwich Oral History Project uncovers untold stories of life during WWII

By Richard Moss | 22 September 2010
a photo of a red sign which reads Keep Off Highly Dangerous Unexploded Bombs next to a black helmt with the word Police stencilled onto it
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The first phase of a major oral history project to record and highlight hitherto untold stories of life during World War Two is being revealed in an exhibition in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery at the University of Greenwich.

People from across London and Kent have been sharing their memories as part of a community history programme run by Dr June Balshaw, Head of the History Department at the University. More than 250 interviews have resulted in a collection of written and oral testimonies that uncover the stories of ordinary people. 

Visitors to the gallery will be able to hear some of these fascinating interviews and see archival images and objects that look beyond the major events of the war to focus on the experiences of Kent and London people who experienced very different aspects of war.

Contributors' stories include hair-raising tales of bombings, poignant evacuation stories and other everyday experiences of life on the home front and service at home and overseas.

Together these previously untold stories of war offer an alternative narrative on the key events of World War Two.  
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