14 February 2019
Adult: £15 Concessions/Child: £7.50 (places limited)
Join Senior Curator of Second World War, Alan Jeffreys as he discusses the military campaigns in Malaya, Hong Kong and Singapore and the experience of prisoners of war and civilian internees. Starting with the Union Jack flag that was carried when the British and Commonwealth forces, led by General Arthur Percival, surrendered to the invading Imperial Japanese Army on Singapore Island on 15 February 1941; an exhibit that has come to symbolise the Fall of the Empire and Commonwealth in South East Asia. The civilian internee experience will be demonstrated by the Day Joyce embroidered sheet on display in the galleries that tells the story of her experience. The talk was also look at the role of Dalforce, a Chinese unit enlisted in Singapore, and the establishment of the Indian National Army and similar forces raised by the Japanese.