Jill, participating in IWM's We Were There programme

9 Questions...

  • Where do you call home?

    I was born and grew up in South London, but Hayes in Kent has been my home for the past 20 years.

  • What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?

    I talk about growing up during the Second World War, and the period that followed.

  • How were you involved in that conflict?

    At the age of 6 I was evacuated from London to Launceston in Cornwall.

  • How long have you been volunteering for WWT?

    This year, 2020, will be my 10th year volunteering at IWM!

  • What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?

    Meeting the visitors and exchanging stories – often the visitors share stories with me that were told to them by their grandparents.

  • Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?

    My favourite moment came very recently. During the Wartime Mealtimes family event in December 2019, I really enjoyed the reaction of some of the younger visitors to my wartime Christmas present – which were a torch and a rubber hot water bottle!

  • What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?

    This question caused me quite a lot of thought as some of my favourite objects are not on display, but I find the quilt and some of the other items made by prisoners of war very interesting. Also, the child’s scooter on Level 2 that was made from scrap pieces of wood from a bombed pub.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

    In my spare time I like to sew and embroider, paint and cook. I also enjoy going to the theatre and reading.

  • What is your favourite biscuit?

    I do not buy biscuits regularly but if I must pick a favourite, well then dark chocolate would be involved!

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