Moving History – Whitehawk on the Home Front

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The Whitehawk Primary School on the Home Front website features events and activities undertaken as a project in 2008 at Whitehawk Primary School in Brighton. The project looked at life in Whitehawk in the Second World War, and was run by Screen Archive South East, at the University of Brighton, in partnership with Whitehawk Primary School, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Their Past Your Future (TPYF2) programme.

Whitehawk on the Home Front

Over the course of four days in May 2008 children from the school engaged in a number of learning activities aimed at encouraging young people to develop an understanding of the conflict’s significance to their local area. Activities at the school included meeting and interviewing ‘home front veterans’ – local residents who had been at school during the Second World War, touring the school’s World War Two air raid shelter, watching and producing commentaries for an archive film from World War Two film held at Screen Archive South East, performing drama activities, creating art work and writing articles and poetry.

Whitehawk Primary School on the Home Front’ website offers free public access to the many outputs from these events, including over 20 video clips showing the children’s activities.
‘Whitehawk Primary School on the Home Front’ is a companion site to ‘Films from the Home Front‘ which features archive films illustrating life on the home front in Britain during the Second World War.

This project was enabled through funding from the ‘Their Past Your Future 2’ Grant Programme. This funding was distributed and administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

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Whitehawk on the Home Front