IWM is creating national moments of reflection and marking three important anniversaries: on VE Day (8 May 2020), the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (marked on 6 August 2020), and finally VJ Day (15 August 2020). At a specific time, on each of the anniversaries, the UK will pause and listen together as voices of the Second World War take over our devices and spaces.
IWM has curated three separate compilations of oral history extracts featuring short excerpts from audio interviews held in the museum’s extensive sound archive. These unique testimonies reveal personal responses to the end of the Second World War through the voices of those who were actually there, illustrating the conflicting jubilation, hope, sadness and fear that was felt during the summer of 1945. We are delighted that you are interested in joining us on this project please register your interest on the form below. We will be back in touch with you in March/April.