WWII: see Michael Foreman's wartime memories

By Rachel Hayward | 06 May 2010
Photo showing author and illustrator Michael Foreman in jeans and shirt standing the recreation of his mother's village shop

(Right) Michael Foreman in the recreation of his mother's village shop at the War Boy Exhibition, National Army Museum. © Rachel Hayward/Culture24

WWII homefront memories captured on film: Growing up in Pakefield, Suffolk during the war was full of adventure for author and illustrator Michael Foreman. From how to cope with an outside toilet next to a busy bus-stop to surviving a direct bomb-hit, Michael spoke to Culture24 about what life was really like back then and now you can see highlights in our video extracts.

There are four clips from Michael Foreman's wartime recollections and they make an excellent resource for learning about what it was like for children in the war.

Part 1: In the first film, Michael describes being a baby in his mum's village shop:

Part 2: Deals with the games Michael and his friends used to play in the war - and how he and his family survived a direct hit on their home:

Part 3: The outside toilet:

Part 4: Bath time and the adventures of brother Pud:

We caught up with Michael at War Boy: The Michael Foreman Exhibition at the National Army Museum (until June 6, 2010).

We recommend you taking your pupils to this excellent Exhibition as it explores the World Wars and gives you a chance to step into the pages of Michael's poignant and evocative stories, notably War Boy and War Game, with interactive recreations from Michael's early life, including the ping pong table/Morrison shelter.

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