The evacuees next to the interactive that tells their stories.
On 28 November 2016, The MERL welcomed seven evacuees and their families to the Museum. The evacuees had agreed to allow the Museum to include their stories in the evacuee interactive and the day was designed to thank all involved for their participation. The day included showing the evacuees the interactive for the first time, photographing the evacuees and the evacuees recording their written memoirs. The photographs and audio will now be added to the interactive in the Town and Country gallery.
The evacuees included Peter Terry and Barbara Wood.
Peter Terry, June 1940
Peter Terry, 2016.
Peter Terry was evacuated from Ilford Essex with the Beal School to Kennylands Camp, Sonning Common, Berkshire. The Council for the Preservation of Rural England recommended to the Government in 1938 that camps should be built in various country areas with the object of giving deprived children from inner cities the opportunity of having a holiday in the countryside. It was envisaged that the camps could be used as evacuation centres if necessary. Kennylands was the first camp to be finished and occupied.
Barbara and Betty as young evacuees.
Barbara and Betty, 2016.
Barbara and Betty Wood were evacuated from Sea Mills, Bristol to Rockwell Green, Somerset. Barbara said of the experience, “Although there were unhappy times that we stayed there, Uncle always seemed to be there to listen when we felt sad. Long after the war was over, Auntie and Uncle used to come and stay with us for holidays.”
The MERL holds over 600 evacuee memoirs of children who were evacuated in Britain and overseas.
To find out more about the archive, click here.
Caroline Gould (Principal Archivist)
We are delighted to announce that Amber Roberts has been awarded our Landscape Academic Engagement Bursary.
Great West House, Michael Brown Collection (AR BRO)
Amber will be using our Michael Brown Collection to analyse key design theories and projects in the development of the profession of landscape architecture, 1945-1975. The project will focus on post-war modernist Britain and the international outreach of British landscape architecture. The post-war era saw significant changes to the practice of landscape architecture, such as the focus on new towns, motorways and industrial sites.
Redditch New Town, Michael Brown (AR BRO)
Amber’s project will highlight the potential of our Michael Brown Collection whilst shedding light on developments in the field of landscape architecture in the post war period.
Michael Brown Collection (AR BRO)
Michael Brown (1923-1996) was a landscape architect and urban designer known for his limited use of materials which produced distinctive landscapes. The collection contains drawings, slides and photographs.
Thank you to everyone who applied for the bursary. We received some great applications and it was a tough decision. We wish Amber all the best with her research and we are looking forward to keeping you up to date with her progress.
Students: your landscape archive needs you
If you are an undergraduate student, don’t forget you have until the end of February 2017 to apply for a bursary to support your use of our landscape collections. Click here for more information.
Show Garden, Michael Brown Collection (AR BRO)
Please feel free to get in touch with our Reading Room if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you and telling you more about our landscape collections.
Written by Project Librarian: Claire Wooldridge