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Memories of the last century


A personal history page where any member of the U3A movement can submit a personal history.

A video explanation of our project can be found here at Moviefeast
Video link

Photograph of the 1944 Yalta Conference at which Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin decided how to carve up post-war Europe....



"Those who do not learn from the
past are condemned to repeat it"

George Santayana

Many of the young people who lived during World War Two are still alive. Time has healed the wounds on both sides, but some of those survivors want to be sure that the lessons of the past will be learned by a new generation.

We invite you to share these extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Schools may download them and use them as source material in classroom discussions about the events of those years.



Tom's wartime ration bookThe panel is often asked to provide information about wartime rations and recipes in Britain.

You will find some recipes here, but remember that food rationing during the war was designed to give us a much healthier diet than we now have -- you can click here or on the Ration Book (right) to find out more about that.

Remember also, that many millions of others suffered real starvation and hardship and so you will also find information about rations in Slave Labour camps and other extremes of hardship.



The project started in January 1994 and will continue until it no longer serves its purpose.

We would also like children everywhere to ask Senior Citizens who were alive during those years to tell their impressions and experiences and for students to send them to our discussion list. For further information please write to me, Tom Holloway


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This version dated 24th March 2009 - Tom Holloway