Shipdham Community Day A Great Success

Over 200 people joined us for our very first Eighth in the East community day at Shipdham W.I.Hall on Saturday 22 February.

People of all ages,  from every generation between nought and ninety, came to discover more about their village during wartime. Throughout the day they learned about the 8th USAAF role in the East of England during WW2 and discovered more about how the Eighth in the East – a three year Heritage Lottery funded programme of community archaeology, education, oral history and museums development – aims to share the story of their village during wartime.

The day was a great opportunity for the team to learn more about local people’s memories of the time. We will be back in touch very soon with all those people who shared their stories and would like to keep in touch. We also had lots of interest in our community archeology events, so be sure to look out for further information in the near future.

Highlights of the day included: the East Anglian Film Archive’s mobile unit which offered locals a chance to see film footage of what life was really like in the East during the 1940’s; and an exhibition by  Thomas Bullock Primary School which brought the role of the war home to all ages. The school ran a great V Mail competition and we will be announcing the winners on the website very soon.

You can view a gallery of some of the best photographs from the day above.

We would like to thank everyone who came to see us and make the day so memorable. We will be holding similar events across the region over the next three years, so be sure to keep an eye out for details of the next event.

If you would like more information about this event, or the project’s work across the East of England, then get in touch via our contact us page.