War At Home Project Finished

The People Gallery in the War at Home section is now complete. This section features examples of recorded of interviews with people that lived in Middlewich during World War 2. This also means the fascinating War At Home section is complete, have a look, it’s well worth it.

This video footage by James Balme of Historic Media Productions gives idea of life in and around Middlewich during the war years. The film includes interviews with some of the people who lived in Middlewich during the 2nd world war.

This video shows some of the activities that took place during the Middlewich WW2 weekend during the 18th-19th September 2010.

The full length DVD, recorded by a local resident and donated to the War At Home Project is available from Middlewich Town Council.

This production was especially written around the interviews of the local community, presented and filmed for the “War at Home” project.

The full DVD production lasts for approximately 23 minutes and this is a short demonstration of that DVD which will be made available by Middlewich Town Council.

 

  

 

 

The interpretation boards displayed at the Middlewich WW2 Festival were based on the work of our local historian Allan Earl and the memories of 57 people interviewed by Sylvia Walton and Heritage Officer Kerry Fletcher, with the help of volunteers.

The shared information and collection of material has made great advances in understanding the role of Middlewich and its people in WW2.

(See Allan Earl’s ‘Middlewich at War’ booklet in the further reading and book shop sections).

The Byley Aerodrome board was completed with the help of Allan Earl, Gerald Coates of ‘Firmin Coates’, English Monument record and Mrs Wheatley.

Brief details are given in the articles below, click on the links in each article to view the full panels.

Byley Aerodrome Photographs
Photographs include: 

  • Aerial photograph of Byley Airfield 1945.
  • The Vickers Armstrong hangers and work areas, as seen today.
  • A map of the Byley airfield in 1945.

To view the panel click here

The Middlewich Times
A fascinating newspaper style 13 page account of Middlewich and it residents during World War 2, complete with authentic adverts from the period. 

Each page carries it’s own theme, examples include ,Saving & Fundraisers, The story of HMS Jasper (the ship that Middlewich built) and Middlewich Home Guard Established.

To view the panels click here

Middlewich Urban District Council
Noticeboard (1)

  • Air Raid Precautions
  • Local photographs
  • How A British Soldier of 1939 Goes to War 
  • Hawker Hurricane cutaway drawing
  • Rationing
  • Cigarette Cards
  • King’s letter to schoolchildren
  • Middlewich Urban District Council Peace Celebrations letter 

To view the panel click here

Middlewich Urban District Council
Noticeboard (2)

  • Aircraft carrier
  • Enemy Uniforms at a Glance
  • A ladies march
  • Anti-tank emplacements
  • Gas mask instructions
  • Home Security Circular – Extra Smoke
  • The Anotomy of a Barrage Balloon

To view the panel click here

Middlewich Urban District Council
Noticeboard (3)

  • Thanks Giving For Victory Order of Service
  • Descriptions of Flying Bombs
  • What to do if the invader comes
  • Photographs of staff at Vickers Armstrong and local scenes
  • Service cards & recruiting adverts 

To view the panel click here

Special Report
Trials and Triumphs of Fighting in World War Two

  • William Moss – HMS Prince of Wales
  • Harry Gallimore – HMS Victorious
  • Robert Dickenson – Ayrshire Yeomanry
  • Jack Farrington – Royal Army Service Corps 

This news sheet style panel tells of the experiences of these men in their own words, for example:

“I was in the damage control party; we were sent anywhere to see what had gone wrong. We got hit with torpedoes. When you got hit with a torpedo, it shook the boat, we got bombed as well. This chief mechanic in charge of us said would we have a look at top and see what was going on because all the communication had got knocked out.”

To view the full panel click here

 

A selection of photographs taken during the Middlewich WW2 Festival in September 2010 by John and David Hudson.

Special thanks for a fantastic weekend go out to: North West WW2 Association, UK Homefront, Blitz and Peaces, Fiona Harrison, The VCO Band, Julie Summers & Family, Paul Spence, Maureen Leverington and Gerry George.

This event could not have gone ahead without our volunteers, special thanks to each and everyone of you.

 

 

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These photographs have been collected from the local community during the ‘War at Home’ project. We are always looking for more War material from Middlewich, if any of you out there have any that we can copy, please get in contact.
Some photographs were used on the interpretation boards for the WW2 Weekend, but not all…Here are a selection of images given with permission to the project.

The Rolls Royce images were given to the ‘War at Home’ project to use by kind permission of Bentley. Thanks in particular to Andrew Robertson, Production Planning Manager. The images represent the set up of the Rolls Royce Factory in 1938 and the Royal visit a couple of years later, I’ve selected a few images to show on this website. Many Middlewich people worked in the Rolls Royce Factory during war-time and felt the loss as a bomber killed 17 people. The memorial to the people who lost their lives still remains at the factory close to the site of the bombing.Allan Earl is also a large contributor and supporter of the ‘War at Home’ Project. Many thanks to Allan for giving his permission to use his images.

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