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Lowestoft 1940s Weekend

May 25, 20171:47 pmMay 25, 2017 1:49 pmLeave a Comment

Festival Weekend

Lowestoft will be going back in time to the 1940s on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May in an event to celebrate the town’s history.

The event, hosted by Lowestoft Vision will take place in Lowestoft’s town centre, from the Triangle Market down to Station Square and Britten Centre Market Square.

The weekend will comprise of a whole host of fun activities for all the family, including live music, vintage vehicles and children’s entertainment.

The town centre will be split into 5 zones, with Suffolk Record Office located in ‘Archive Avenue’ where they will be holding a display of 1940s archive material including photographs and maps of the town to demonstrate to residents some of the services they offer.

They will have 1940s items (hats, scarves, coats and shoes) for members of the public to try on, along with an evacuee ‘kit’, gas masks and various other props and resources.

People can pose to be photographed and transported back in time to 1940s Lowestoft, using images from the Suffolk Record Office archives.

The activities on offer throughout the weekend are as follows:

  • 1940s dressing up and selfies
  • Wrap a parcel for a solider on the front line
  • 1940s paper dolls colouring in and cutting out
  • Make an evacuee label
  • Handle archives from the 1940s including books of press-cuttings and civil defence rules

Activities will run from 10am until 5pm on Saturday 27th May and from 11am until 3pm on Sunday 28th May 2017.

Helen Band, Public Service Manager at Lowestoft Record Office, said:

“We’re thrilled to be involved in the Lowestoft Vision’s 1940s weekend. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the history of the town and reach out to people to demonstrate how they can discover their heritage through Suffolk’s Archives.”

Written by Judith Stephenson

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