Experiencing wartime camaraderie at RAMM
18 May 2015
When evacuees unexpectedly met in RAMM last week they experienced a taste of the camaraderie that is such a common feature in recollections of the Second World War.
Children and teachers from St Leonards Primary School came on their annual trip to RAMM in period dress, the children dressed and labelled like evacuees. They nestled besides the Anderson hut and, surrounded by the 20th-century displays in RAMM’s Making History Gallery, they listened to tales of wartime evacuation.
Wartime evacuee Mr Mathison came to RAMM for his 90th birthday treat and, following their chance meeting, he told the children all about his wartime experiences. The children were delighted and, on hearing that it was his 90th birthday, they burst into a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday to you’. Keen to learn more, they invited him to come and visit the school.
Year 5 teacher, Ruth Milankovic, said “At St Leonards we have a very creative curriculum. We believe in bringing history to life through role-play, investigation and by making meaningful links with the past. To see the children listening so intently to Mr Mathison was very special: a ‘golden moment’ indeed.”