‘I have three homes’ Life as an American military child in Suffolk
RAF Lakenheath is not only home to American military personnel, but also to their families. There are five schools that serve the base, with over 2,500 children attending them.
The schools have been working with Suffolk Archives to explore young people’s experiences of arriving and living in Suffolk. They have been inspired by items from the archive collections to express their opinions and share their stories with the people of Suffolk.
The students’ work will feature in an exhibition at the new flagship heritage facility, The Hold, in Ipswich. The exhibition will explore the experiences of American military forces arriving in Suffolk during World War Two. Their work will also be shared with the local civilian communities near the base as part of a Sharing Suffolk Stories project.
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What does home mean to you?
Students at Lakenheath Elementary School tell us about their homes
What does the UK look like to you?
Drawings by students at Lakenheath Elementary School
Advice for children moving to the UK
Advice from students at Liberty Intermediate School on settling in to a new country
Drama written by students from Liberty Intermediate School based on their experiences of moving
The High School perspective
Lakenheath High School reflect on the positives and challenges of life as a military child.
Students at Lakenheath Middle School create an inspiring mural
Jam or Jelly?
Feltwell Elementary School compare UK and USA foods
Suffolk Archives are grateful for the support, hard work, and boundless enthusiasm of the school pupils who took part, their teachers, and storyteller Sarah Brady.