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21 April 2005

Welcome to Warwickshire Libraries Heritage and Trading Standards'home page for the People's War.

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Warwickshire supports BBC Website for World War 2

Warwickshire’s libraries and county record office are set to support a new national project run by the BBC to focus on World War Two. The Beeb have launched a website dedicated to memories of the war and sessions are being held across the county to encourage people to come along and input their memories.

Tin Hat Tuesdays and Wartime Wednesdays will run throughout May and June at five venues in Warwickshire to help add stories to the website.

BBC WW2 project, People’s War, is devoted to collecting people’s stories in a lasting archive to be used as an educational resource and enduring tribute to the war generation, as part of the BBC History website.

Whether you were a child or an adult, at home or abroad, every story is part of the nation’s history and plays a vital part in helping future generations understand the sacrifices made by a nation at war. Stories can be added at the People’s War website:

Tin Hat Tuesdays will be run at Leamington Library on every Tuesday morning throughout May and June from 10am until 12pm.

Meanwhile people will be able to visit Stratford Library and the County Record Office for Wartime Wednesdays running every Wednesday in May and June from 10am until 12pm.

Nuneaton Library’s sessions will run Wednesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 May from 10am until 12pm whilst Bedworth Library’s events will run on Wednesday 8, 15 and 22 June from 10am until 12pm.

Lesley Kirkwood, Warwickshire Local Studies Librarian said: "We are delighted to be involved in this fascinating project. At all of these venues volunteers and staff will be on hand to help you add your story. So you can either phone ahead to let us know you are coming or just drop in and we will be delighted to listen to your story and help you add it to this fascinating site."

For more information:
CONTACT: Lesley Kirkwood
Local Studies Librarian,
Warwick Library,
Tel: 01926 412584

Contacts at the venues for photo opportunities are:
Leamington Library: Anne Thomas 01926 742732 or 01926 742721/22.
Stratford Library: Claire James, 01789 292209
Nuneaton and Bedworth Libraries: Jane Sutton 02476 384027
Warwickshire County Record Office: Hilary Peck 01926 738956

We were pleased to be a pilot area for the website and are continuing with our involvement with the project through 2005.

Through the People's Network of free internet access, in any of our 32 libraries and County Record Office members of the public can come in and access the website where they can contribute, or read and research any of the stories covering the Second World War.

If you ask a member of staff they will be happy to log you onto the website or you can access the site yourself and personalise your own contribution.

If you require help in adding your story please talk to a member of staff who should be able to arrange for you to have some help.

We are sure that you will find this an interesting and valuable site with many unusual and thought provoking reminiscences.

You can find a list of Warwickshire Libraries, with addresses and contact details at and details of the County record Office at office

Stories contributed by Warwickshire Libraries Heritage and Trading Standards

The Coventry Blitz
Wartime Wedding
Wartime Memories
My Family and the Blitz
Wartime Memories
Attending Church in Wartime
Wartime Memories
Leamington Memories
Ice Cream in War Time
Bouncing baby & bouncing bombs
John's Story
Irene`s Story
Down in the Dugout
Going Down to the Shelter
A Child in Birmingham
Italian Plum Tomatoes
Treats for birthdays
Land Army's First Battle
Lancaster Bomber Pilot
Lancaster Bomber Pilot
A War-Time Evacuee
A D-Day Dodger's Storyicon for Story with photo
Noreen Sargent's Wartime Memories of Chester
Warwick Soldiers
In memory of Joan Buckler
Blitz at Ducket Street, Stepney.
Coventry September 1939
Coventry September 1939
William Wilson - Lucky Survivor of Incendiary in Coventry
William Wilson's departure on a Troopship
William Wilson's VE day
Collected Recollections of Wartime Bedworth
The Boys in Khakiicon for Story with photo
Laughter Through Sadness
How the War Affected My Family
Duration of Emergency
A Tribute to a Soldier (Poem)
With the 1st Army in Tunisia and Italy
Miscellaneous Memories
Banana sandwiches
Coventry Memories
From one war to another
How Manuals to Run a War Get Written
Warwickshire Land Girl
When My Baby was Born
Nine lives
Autobiography of a Leamington Sailor, Bertie Usher
Homeguard Stand Down Concert
Blackout Duties in Warwick
'How's Your Father?' an Episode on the Escaut Canal
Nuneaton School Teacher
Battle of Crete
Another encounter at Waterloo
Life under Fascism
Return via Dunkirk
Sam's Early Night
Coventry Blitz
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - The Buxton Festival
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - Night Ride
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - Make do and Mend
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - Railings
Night Manoeuvresicon for Recommended story
War Diary- May 1940
Coventry to Caen (Part 1)
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - Spam Salad
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - Blackout
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - Memories
Grandma's Exit from Jersey, Channel Islands(1)
Grandma's exit from Jersey, Channel Islands (2)
A Child of the Raj, or Grandma's Life
Spike's Shadow
Spike's Shadow
Bill's near misses in his Lancaster
Trials and Tribulations of a Land Girl
A.T.S. help fight the Battle of Britainicon for Story with photo
A visit by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt
World War II Memories on the Isle of Wight
Kathleen Hilditch's Wartime Theatre Memories - The Old Vic Theatre and its base in Burnley
Christmas 1944
Coventry to Caen (Part 2)
Working on a Farm in Over Whitacre
Memories of Nuneaton Childhood
War Brides in saskatchewan
THE STORY OF H.M.S Warwick Reunion
Wartime Experiences
Christmas 1944
Coventry to Caen (Part 3)
Growing up on Banner-Hill Farm PoW Camp
Memories of war time in Coventry
Memories of Stoneleigh Abbey
War work in Stratford on Avon
Peggy's Blitz
War on the Isle of Wighticon for Story with photo
Ted Hansen
Five Days at Dunkirkicon for Recommended story
Wartime Memories
Growing Up on Banner Hill Farm PoW Camp (continued) - My Early Schooldays
Courage of ordinary people carrying on everyday life in time of war
Colin Birt in a Warwickshire village Home Guard
Surviving the Coventry air raids
Written as the bombs are falling on London
A Conscientious Objector
Sports Day at Monastiricon for Recommended story
My Introduction to war
Adventure - bombs on the train!
From a Castle to a College
Librarian in the Land Army
School bus
Bombing of the Lockheed factory at Leamington
Daffodils mark the plane crash site
The One but Last V2
Childhood in Leamington Spa
Memories of London
Arthur Faulkner — from the RAF to the Bletchley Park
Maud Faulkner - Growing up during the war
Stepney Revisited
RAF Wellesbourne Mountford (Part 1)
RAF Wellesbourne Mountford (Part 2)
Salt Water Saviour
My Introduction to War
A Time To Remember
John Carpenter's Wartime Reminiscenes
Telegraphist Memory
Country Life in Hampshire
Church Music
Battle of Caen
Searching for Giacomo
Recollections of wartime
Memories of a Bedworth wartime ambulance driver
Flying with the Kiwis
School Children in Wartime

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