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Participants talking about wartime memories

The Memory Blitz project celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War by recording the wartime memories of Hackney residents. The project was inspired by bomb damage maps of Hackney and a collection of wartime photographs which show the borough's devastated streets and neighbourhoods.

Through a series of reminiscence activities with people at the Marie Lloyd and Sam and Annie Day Centres we were able to discover how the war changed everyday life in the borough. Participants talked about what happened to their homes, where they were forced to take shelter and how it affected their local neighbourhoods. These recorded memories have been used to create Memory Blitz, a new resource to help people to understand what it was like to live in wartime Hackney.

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