World War II


Original artefacts and a recorded CD of local memories vividly recall what it was like to grow up during a bleak but compelling six years. Items including a ration book, an identity card, public information leaflets and an ARP helmet are grouped under the headings: the gathering storm; war breaks out; austerity, rationing & salvage; evacuation; national security, ARP & emergency services; national savings; from the front line and aftermath


Contents of Godalming Museum’s
World War II school loan box


The Gathering Storm

Public Information Leaflet no 2: Your Gas Mask & Masking Your Windows

Public Information Leaflet no 3: Evacuation, Why and How?

Public Information Leaflet no 4: Your Food in War Time

War Breaks Out

Photocopies of the 8 pages of the Godalming and Farncombe Review for October 1939

Austerity, Rationing & Salvage

Ration book of Mr Eric Mathews

10 laminated sheets of advertisements

Booklet: A Manual of the Rabbitry

Laminated photocopy of the first few pages of the above

Grey thread for darning lisle stockings


Copy of a testimonial of thanks to a hostess for accommodating evacuees

Photocopy of bombing damage to the Founders Court of Charterhouse School

Poster of photographs of evacuees

National Security, ARP & Emergency Services

National identity card for Doris Pargetter

Civil Defence armband

Photograph of women making barrage balloons at RFD in Godalming

5 items relating to nurse Lucy Cowell

 - Photograph – studio portrait of Lucy Cowell in uniform

 - First Aid certificate

 - Medal for 3 years’ service

 - Group photograph

 - Photograph of Lucy Cowell at her First Aid Post

2 tin helmets

National Savings

Advertisement from Women’s Pictorial Magazine August 1942

Photocopy of the cover and 2 inside pages of the programme for Salute the Soldier Week

Photocopy of Certificate of Honour awarded after the Wings for Victory Campaign

Badge awarded to a National Savings collector for 5 years of service

From the Front Line

The Eighth Army News, Sunday 14th March 1943

3 campaign medals: the Africa Star; the Italy Star; the 1939 – 1945 Star

Booklet: The Eighth, 6 Months (March – Aug 1943)


Photograph of Ron Head, aged 14 at a VE party at school in Twickenham

5 photographs of a VE party in Peperharow Road, Godalming

Welcome Home greeting to Mr R S Enticknap

Booklet: The Survivor by Gillian Brunton

CD Recording of 9 wartime memories

Transcripts of the recordings


Detailed teaching notes are provided. Click/tap here for a PDF. 




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