Hear first-hand accounts of Second World War survivors at new exhibition

Date Posted: 20/05/2015

Keeping Britain Afloat, a new exhibition at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, will give students the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from Second World War veterans about what life was like during the War.

As 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a new, permanent exhibition Keeping Britain Afloat at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, will provide pupils with the chance to hear the stories of some of those who helped perform crucial support work on the home front during the conflict.

The exhibition is particularly suitable for Key Stage 3 History students studying the challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1901 to the present day as part of the National Curriculum.

From daring escapes to extreme survival, the exhibition showcases the stories of fifty veterans on film. The veterans interviewed include those who served in the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, the Women’s Royal Naval Service, Fleet Air Arm and at the Dockyard itself. Their memories will be accompanied by information on the history of the Second World War convoys and the involvement of the Chatham Port Division and Chatham Ratings.

Keeping Britain Afloat is on permanent display within The Historic Warships area in The Historic Dockyard. 

For more information on the exhibition and on other learning outside the classroom opportunities at the Historic Dockyard, visit www.thedockyard.co.uk.

Photo credit: Legasee Educational Trust.

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