Experiencing life as an evacuee

Our Year 4 and 5 pupils joined pupils from Settle Primary School to take part in an exciting evacuation day trip, dressing and acting as evacuees travelling from Bradford to Horton in Ribblesdale on the train. Organised alongside the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, the experience was based on archived letters sent by evacuees who made the same journey in 1939.

 

Many of the evacuees did not have a suitable bag for their belongings, so to create a sense of realism pupils brought their belongings in a pillowcase, with their wrapped lunch provided in a tin box or greaseproof paper.

 

Violet said “We were all given ration books and identity cards. Whilst we waited at the station, we opened our pillowcases and ate our 1940s packed lunch.”

 

Lucy said “We walked from Victoria Hall in Settle, following a large banner with the name of our school. It was really great fun! We played 1940’s games like “Who am I?” and “I Spy”.”

 

When the pupils arrived at Horton in Ribblesdale, they walked to the village school to meet their ‘Pickers’ to talk about how their lives would be as an evacuee in a new village.

 

Violet added “My picker was called Mrs Rogers. She was the vicar’s wife who had two daughters, one son and three cats! We then all wrote postcards home describing what our new homes are like.”

 

A big thank you to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and all the volunteer pickers for making such an experience possible.