Exhibition marks 80 years since outbreak of World War 2

27 August 2019

War memories will come to life in a special exhibition in Grays commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 2.

From Monday 2 September until 11am on Friday 20 September, residents can learn about Thurrock memories in the first in a series of free exhibitions honouring major events and the home front of World War 2. The display, compiled by Thurrock Museum volunteers, will be held in the Thameside Complex's ground floor exhibition space.

A total of 40 living memories and family contributions feature in the exhibition, such as recollections of air raids, collecting shrapnel and rationing from Thurrock residents who were children at the time. Other local contributions include evacuation, the armed forces, D-Day landings and those at home who volunteered in the civil defence. Images on display come from personal collections, museum archives and local newspapers.

Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "The events that took place during World War 2 are vital moments in history that should be remembered. It is especially poignant that our residents’ memories feature in an exhibition honouring our heroic service men and women as we mark 80 years since this war's outbreak.

"It is hoped that the memories and family contributions compiled for this project will eventually feature in a published book."

Photo below: bomb damage in Cromwell Road, Grays.