Wednesday, 16 September 2009

You can't beat a bit of nostalgia

I promised in my last post that I would share with you our trip to Newhaven Fort in Sussex. We were fortunate enough on the day we went that they were hosting a Battle of Britain commemoration day. There were WW vehicles, people dressed up in clothes from the era, a band, and a good old bit of nostalgic dancing along with a bit of Union Jack waving.

What was fascinating for us was that it gave us a great insight, not just in what the fort did during the war, but we learnt about everything leading up to both wars and what happened subsequently. For me the most interesting part was understanding how they recycled and reused, the contribution women made to the war effort, and what to cook with so little.
Enjoy the photo's - sorry some of them are so grainy. The exhibitions were in 'caves' round the fort.

Love this image - nothing stops 2 women from having a good gossip!

I would love to have some of these kitchen items........

No waste in 1942...........

I bought a book whilst I was there - Rationing in the Second World War - Spuds, Spam and Eating for Victory. I'll share some bits of it once I've read it, as I'm sure they'll be some interesting articles.

See you soon.


Mummy Boo Bear said...

Wow that looks like such a good exhibition to go and see. Very moving and grounding I would think.

Thank you for sharing those pictures I really enjoyed them.


Country Cottage Chic said...

That looks like a very interesting place to visit.


Tabiboo said...

What a wonderful post - I love all things from this era though it probably wasn't much fun to live through it, but it still fascinates me all the same.

take care,

Nina x

Floss said...

What a wonderful insight into what it was like. I think we don't have so much of this in France because things were so much worse - who would want to commemorate it? But I should look out for anything that gives me more idea of what it was like.

I am giving away two French magazines with lovely pictures if you're interested!

Bobo Bun said...

These days out are so interesting and hard to stop lusting after so many of the exhibits too. We went to a great Make Do and Mend day at a US base recently, forgot my camera though! Learnt that whale fat featured in a lot of cooking - yum yum.

Lisa x

Anonymous said...

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Michela said...

Hi Sarah , it's nice to meet you!
What an interesting post about the WW! Thank you for sharing! And thank you so much for following my blog!
Hope you're having a good weekend! :)

martha said...

thanks for stopping by Sarah, its great to meet somebody new and discover yet more lovely blogs

lisa ridgeon said...

That looks like a good day, i went to the Imperial War Museum in Manchester on Saturday. Really interesting, i have a particular interest in WW2, the homefront rather than the fighting (and Victorian History). I saw that book too, didn't buy it so will be interested to hear more about it.

You should deffinately snap up a Figaro. Only 20,000 ever made in 1991. Fewer being imported so fewer for the market, will be getting rather expensive in the future.