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‘Enfield at War: 1939-1945’

A new exhibition hosted by the Museum of Enfield

This year is the 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two. The Museum of Enfield will be hosting a free exhibition at the Dugdale Centre, opening on 20 July 2019 until 19 April 2020. It will focus on the ways in which local residents were affected by the conflict and how they faced the privations of war as a community and as individuals.

This year is the 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two. The Museum of Enfield will be hosting a free exhibition at the Dugdale Centre, opening on 20 July 2019 until 19 April 2020. It will focus on the ways in which local residents were affected by the conflict and how they faced the privations of war as a community and as individuals.

The home front in the Borough of Enfield (comprising the former districts of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate) had to adapt to the threat of air raids, the impact of rationing on food, clothes and fuel, changes to work patterns, evacuation and disrupted schooling to name only a few of the challenges they faced.

A selection of media will be on display for the public to immerse themselves in.  These will include photographs, letters, documents and objects from local residents and organisations as well as material from the Local Studies and Archive Centre (located on the first floor of the Dugdale Centre).

An oral history project has been devised as part of Enfield at War in which local residents have shared their memories of daily life during this turbulent time.The Museum has filmed interviews with World War Two survivors to showcase these memories, these will be screened inside the exhibition allowing their voices to be heard.

The exhibition will be accessible to all ages with a diverse and full programme of associated activities and events.  This includes a day conference, talks from local speakers, tours of the Archive and a walking tour of the important sites of the period in Enfield Town.  There will be book signings of Dr Helen Fry’s new book ‘The Walls Have Ears’ and Colin Philpott’s ‘Secret Wartime Britain’. The Museum is also hosting an ‘in conversation’ event with actress Helen Lederer revealing her family’s history and links to Trent Park. Art classes and workshops for adults will focus on themes relevant to the era. A mixture of media is offered in these sessions including drawing, paper craft and knitting.

 

Children’s workshops will also be available during the summer and half-term holidays.  There will be regular monthly ‘Little Museum Explorers’ sessions for three to four year olds drawing upon the war including storytelling, songs and paper crafts. A trail for children to follow around the exhibition will also be available as well as structured school sessions in which pupils can learn about the different areas of daily life affected by the war.

Facilitating the school sessions will be actors from Spectrum Drama, who will present a day in the life from the perspective of three differing characters: ‘Lord Aberfeldy’ from Trent Park, a 1940s housewife and an ARP warden. School loan boxes are also available to borrow; a useful accompaniment to the curriculum that includes museum artefacts, books and advice on using the resources.Related items will be available to purchase in the shop, including a new edition of the book ‘Enfield at War: 1939-45’ about the impact of World War Two on the borough, written by Ian Jones, (Chair of the Enfield Archaeological Society). It will be launched at the opening of the exhibition.

Alongside the main exhibition, will be a separate display entitled ‘When Peace Broke Out!’ portraying events that took place in Enfield to celebrate the end of the war.

This will be on the 1st floor of the Dugdale Centre, also free to visit and available to view from 20 July 2019 until 31 December 2019.

Writers Details

Stacey Anne Bagdi

Museum Officer & Curator

www.dugdale.co.uk/page/museum

@museumofenfield

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