To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the second world war, MED Theatre have been granted funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to run a young people and community led project exploring the impact on Dartmoor and rural Devon during World War Two.
As an effort to preserve precious heritage, in the form of the memories and first-hand experiences of the local wartime generation, this project will offer the opportunity for younger members of the rural Devon communities to carry out research and oral history interviews that can be used in the creation of various creative outputs.
This page will be updated as the project progresses with all of the research and information gathered by MED Theatre and the young people who are participating. A monthly podcast will also be made available offering updates on the project and insight into the themes and content of our performances/creative outputs.
During the Second World War, around 80,000 girls signed up for the reinstated Women’s Land Army to help with the demanding, manual work that was necessary to keep Britain and the British people afloat. A good number of these Land Army members would have found themselves based in rural areas of Devon.
Many of us are familiar with the Land Girls, those working on farms to help farmers with the animals and food growth. However, less people know about the Lumberjills of the Women’s Timber Corps and their vital contribution to Britain’s timber needs.