To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the second world war, MED Theatre was 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 offers 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. You will find some of the interview material on MED Theatre’s website page Our History, using the link below.
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.
The MED Theatre team have interpreted some of our research about the roles women played in World War Two in Devon’s War Girls, a short touring production.