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60 WEA Voices, 60 Years On

60 WEA Voices, 60 Years On 

This publication brings together people’s personal lived experiences of World War II on the Home Front in 3 contrasting communities of Scotland, the Highland village of Alness, the city of Glasgow and the towns and coal mining villages of West Lothian. 

The rich oral history testimony helps younger generations to understand the effects of the war on people’s lives, how people lived, how they responded to changes in their personal lives and how they attempted to come to terms with all the new experiences, unexpected and frightening as they were: be it the enforced absence of a brother, sister or father or cousin or the enforced evacuation or internment of themselves and / or family from their very own home. Some memories are about changing roles in work especially for women, some are about changes in school life or dietary conditions. Some memories are heartbreakingly poignant; some are full of pith, stoicism and humour. 

The collection of stories by 60 WEA members and learners from different parts of Scotland was produced almost 10 years ago as part the “Home Front Recall” programme, set up by the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to support community groups and organisations to commemorate the part played by people on the Home Front during the Second World War. It remains one of our most popular publications of recent times. More than 600 copies of the publication were deposited in schools and public libraries in Glasgow, Highland and West Lothian. A CD of oral history recordings was also produced.

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    This publication brings together people’s personal lived experiences of World War II on the Home Front in 3 contrasting communities of Scotland, the Highland village of Alness, the city of Glasgow and the towns and coal mining villages of West Lothian.
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