World War 2 memories come to life

22 July 2019

Find out what World War 2 (WWII) was really like for people living in the borough at a free exhibition in Grays.

Residents can discover how the war affected Thurrock in the 'WWII Memories of Thurrock' exhibition, compiled by Thurrock Museum volunteers, in the ground floor exhibition space of the Thameside Complex in New Road, Grays.

Visitors can explore images like the one below from Thurrock Museum's archives, local newspapers and other sources. Photos from family collections will also be showcased, displaying local people and places.

The exhibition is open until 11am, Friday 9 August.

Cllr Deborah Huelin, Cabinet member for communities, said: "Sunday 2 September marks 80 years since the outbreak of World War 2, and it's important that we continue to remember these important historical events and those heroic service men and women.

"We'd like to really engage with our residents who remember this era and hope the exhibition will prompt memories from those who can recall the Second World War first-hand, as well as others whose family members either fought, volunteered or experienced the war on the Home Front."

On Wednesday 24 July from 11am to 1pm, museum volunteers will hold a Memories Morning at the exhibition, where local people can share their personal memories of wartime Thurrock. Memories are also being collected for future exhibitions, and volunteers hope to eventually publish these in a booklet.

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