Friday 5 June 2020
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Keeping in touch

What would you say if your only means of communicating with your family was a 25 word message that would take months to arrive? iscover how the Hill family from Guernsey managed to stay in touch when the Second World War separated them by writing very short letters with the most important information they wanted to share - then have a go at writing your own. 

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Mission Briefing

Part of the Family Mission series series, created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020  

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