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Author:  utilityjude [ Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:56 am ]
Post subject:  The Home Front at War and Peace

Hello All.
Sorry for such a long post but if you can be bothered to read this you may find something of interest.

Support for the Village area at War and Peace is as high as ever this year. Georgie and I have been planning both the area we are given to display in and the activities in The Village to reflect as accurately as we can, aspects of life in Britain on the Home Front yet at the same time giving a great sense of community and fun for those who put time and effort into educating the public here.
This year our village will be set in 1943 during a Wings for Victory savings drive week, helped of course by nearby RAF Upper Trentham.

In the excellent village hall that the organisers put up for us we are having a change this year as we wish to make it more of a living history area rather than just an area for static displays. So we will be using it as a Village Hall would be, with various period usages through out the day.
The types of things we have in mind would involve war preparation instruction for villagers, W.I talks on a variety of subjects such as make do and mend, salvage, cookery demonstrations etc. As well as the registration of newly recruited land girls, the imminent arrival of new evacuees and the work of the billeting officer in organising their pick up from the hall, a tea dance, home guard training on the cleaning of a weapon. Just to name a few. We could also use the hall for social activities fitting this years theme, welcoming our American friends for tea etc and other activities in case of inclement weather.

Re-enactors involved in this would be responsible for a hour in the village hall and to offer a talk which may only last 15mins or so to both the public and our villagers. The rest of the hour would be re-enacting setting up or packing away your period items, interacting with the public as they enter about your role. Only small amounts of display items would be needed and we can store them when not in use.

We feel this would open up the opportunity to re-enators who could not commit to a major static display or to be there for the whole 5 days, to be part of the village and play their part for a set time only, leaving them to freely populate the village or look around the show at other times.

If this is something that would interest you, please get in touch.
Best wishes.

Author:  Pfc-Grunt [ Sat Jan 26, 2019 17:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Home Front at War and Peace

Jude, would 1944 D-Day not be better for the year.

Author:  utilityjude [ Sat Jan 26, 2019 19:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Home Front at War and Peace

Hi Steve.
Yes, you have a good point but we're happy to leave '44 commemorations to the many important events going on this year.
We equally could have set the time as '39 and portrayed the phoney war period.
But at W&P we want to use our display to educate on the War Savings Weeks, an important part of the Home Front, and as we have a huge RAF contingent as our neighbours, we hope to include as much interaction as possible with them in our activities and display with 'Wings for Victory' which was a '43 event. it's just one of the things that makes our display a bit special at the show in that it gives us the opportunity for two large separate groups to work together.

Author:  Pfc-Grunt [ Sat Jan 26, 2019 20:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Home Front at War and Peace

I have to say it worked very well in 2018.

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