Wartime memories flood back at museum

Learning officer Dianne Teskey, front left, with attendees, including Cyril Bamber, who was 12 when World War II started, and Irene Thomas, who was born in Berlin

Learning officer Dianne Teskey, front left, with attendees, including Cyril Bamber, who was 12 when World War II started, and Irene Thomas, who was born in Berlin

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THE borough’s war children were taken back in time as they visited The Home Front workshop at Wigan’s Museum of Life.

The one-off interactive heritage session was organised ahead of Armistice Day and allowed people to discuss and reminiscence about what life was like when the war broke out.

Visitors also enjoyed a slice of cake with tea or coffee as they were transformed back to their early childhood and remembered loved ones who they had lost in battle.

A spokesman for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “In September 1939 life changed forever.

“Visitors were invited to experiences or come and find out what the home front was like during World War Two.”

Attendees included Cyril Bamber, who was 12 when World War Two broke out, and Irene Thomas, who was born in Berlin and remembers when Russian soldiers arrived at the end of the war when she was five.

The next exhibition will be Haunted Halloween on Thursday, between 1pm and 2pm, which includes creepy crafts and spooky stories.

And on November 7, Alan Davies, author of The Pit Brow Women of the Wigan Coalfield, explores the experiences of the famous pit brow lasses of the Wigan area.

For more information about what activities are taking place, call 01942 828128 or e-mail museumofwiganlifebookings@wlct.org