Autumn 2019

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Searchlights Over South Gloucestershire

Searchlights Over South Gloucestershire is a dramatic interpretation of real-life experiences gathered from oral histories, letters and diaries of people living in the area during the Second World War and retold on Twitter.  @searchlights_sg

Follow the lives of three fictional families, whose members include a schoolboy, a land girl, a Red Cross volunteer and an aircraft engineer at Filton, as they do their bit for the war effort.

The home Guard are playing at soldiers all along Warmley High Street.

The bakers looked like HQ but they had to let me through to get a loaf, Wesley can’t go to work without his sandwiches.

Brass Works Theatre and writer Adrian Harris present the project in association with South Gloucestershire Council’s Second World War Stories initiative and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. With additional thanks to volunteers at Yate Heritage Centre and Kingswood Heritage Museum, and to the Imperial War Museum, London

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