The seemingly sleepy North Norflok coast saw it's fair share of action during World War Two.
Subject to frequent air raids, it was an identified invasion area that saw the town of Sheringham and surrounding countryside transformed into a garrison as a network of anti-aircraft batteries and coastal defence systems were established along the coast.
Now Sheringham Museum - the Mo - is teaming up with Sheringham Little Theatre to launch an innovative half term project that explores the experiences of local people during World War Two by tapping into children’s creative energies.
The four-day holiday club is aimed at children aged 8-13 and utilises unique archive films of wartime Sheringham, object handling at The Mo Museum, a poetry workshop, wartime cookery, and Make Do and Mend sessions.
A final two days will be spent working with professional theatre staff to learn performance skills and acting techniques, which will lead to a public performance of a WW2 inspired production at the theatre that blends acting, song and film.
“Sheringham is a really interesting case study,” says project coordinator Suzanne Lam. “It was a front-line coastal town in World War Two, suffering regular bombing raids which killed several local people and damaged much of the town.
"We are looking forward to helping children explore this fascinating period, and to seeing the final performance at Sheringham Little Theatre.”
The event is part of the BBC Hands on History ‘Reel History of Britain’ project, which celebrates archive film, and the lives of ordinary, working people caught on camera. It is also part of COAST (Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival), a multidisciplinary arts festival held annually in the North Norfolk towns of Cromer and Sheringham every October half term.
- The holiday club takes place from Wednesday 26 – Saturday October 29, 10am – 4pm. Tickets for the holiday club are £60 per child (max. 20 places). For more information contact Suzanne Lam or Carly Smith-Huggins, Project Coordinators, on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01263 824482.
- Tickets for the performance, which is due to take place on October 29 are £3. To book tickets contact Sheringham Little Theatre on 01263 822347.