Young ‘evacuees’ to relive wartime history
EIGHTEEN hundred youngsters are to be ‘evacuated’ by the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden next week to give them an idea of what it was like for child evacuees during the Second World War.
Primary school children from across Kent will travel in groups on a steam train from Tenterden station to Northiam and back from next Monday to Wednesday, simulating the journey that evacuees would have made during the war.
Evacuees from the Medway Evacuee Association will share their experience with the children, and re-enactors in period costume will add to the atmosphere, in an experience designed to help the children with their history studies.
Many of the children will make the journey in period dress, with gas mask boxes they have constructed in class and each child will be given a replica identity card which has been produced with the help of The National Archives in Kew.
The event is being organised by the railway and the South East Grid for Learning and aims to teach the pupils why children were evacuated during the war and what it was like to be an evacuee.
The event ties in with the railway’s 1940s weekend being held this Saturday and Sunday.