Celebrate V.E. 75

Merton Heritage Service has produced a range of resources to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day ( 8 May 1945 ) and to celebrate the courage of the World War II generation.

We hope that in the current lockdown, these materials will not only help you to mark this historic occasion but also to learn more about our borough's wartime heritage from the comfort of your own home.

 

Online Exhibition

Click on the links below to see more images and information about Merton during World War II.

Merton at War

  Merton at War Part 1: Gas Masks & Air Raid Shelters

  Merton at War Part 2: Evacuation, Rationing & Recycling

  Merton at War Part 3: Civil Defence & the Home Guard

  Merton at War Part 4: The Vital Role of Local Women

  Merton at War Part 5: Air Raids, Morale & Victory

 

Life on the Home Front

In conjunction with our project partners, Digital Drama, we are delighted to be able to share contemporary wartime film showing life on the Home Front. This material gives a unique insight into the experiences of ordinary people during wartime. As part of a special Home Front Film project, the previously silent cine footage has been given a soundtrack featuring the memories of Merton residents. Further material also captures the experiences of residents in neighbouring Croydon.

Click on the links below to access the film. For full-screen viewing, click on the Full screen icon symbol to the left of the word Vimeo.

Home Front Film Merton

V E Day film

Home Front Film Merton

V E Day Film

 

Wartime Memories

Click on the links below to read the wartime experiences of local residents.

Women's Land Army poster

   Memories of an evacuee and WRNS recruit

  

   Memories of the Women's Land Army

     

   Memories of a Home Guard

  

   Memories of a Normandy veteran 

 

Reminiscence Materials

We have put together a range of themed material to trigger discussion of wartime heritage and to help you to share your memories with friends, family or carers. Click on the links below to access the different topics.

V E Day street party, Meadow Road, Merton

 

Air Raid Shelters

Air Raids and Bomb Damage

Civil Defence & the Home Guard

Evacuation

Gas Masks

Leisure & V E Day

Rationing, Make Do & Mend

War Work 

 

 

Test Your Knowledge

How much do you know about Merton's World War II history? Try our wartime puzzles and discover more about life on the Home Front between 1939 and 1945.

Home Guard exercise on Mitcham Common

Duchess of Kent visiting Triang factory, Merton, 1943

World War II Word Search

Word Search (Answers)

Wartime Merton Quiz

Wartime Merton Quiz Answers

 

Audio-Tours

Heritage staff are working on a range of audio tours highlighting sites linked to Merton's Second World War heritage.

To view our first tours, simply click on the links below. You can also access other Merton tours covering Nelson, the Wandle, women's suffrage and the First World War by clicking here.

By downloading the free izi.Travel app (via the Mac Store or Google Play,) you can also enjoy a multi-media guided experience on your mobile phone.

Bomb damage in Richmond Avenue, Merton

ARP Wardens at The Canons, Mitcham

Gas mask fitting centre, Wimbledon

Merton in WW2: Merton & Morden

Merton in WW2: Mitcham

Merton in WW2: Wimbledon

 

Ration Book Recipes

We have gathered together a range of wartime recipes for you to try with your family and friends. These were originally created to make the most of limited wartime rations, aid nutrition and satisfy public cravings for something sweet at a time when sugar was a precious commodity.

We hope you enjoy this taste of wartime ingenuity.

Carrot fudge

Doctor Carrot watime poster

Potato Pete wartime poster

Marguerite Patten

SNACKS:

Carrot Fudge

Potato Shortbread

Carrot Scones

SOUPS:

Carrot Cream Soup

Oxford Potato Soup

 

SAVOURY:

Lord Woolton's Pie

Potato Piglets

Sausage Roll

Macaroni  Bacon Dish

DESSERTS:

Patriotic Pudding

Carrot Pudding

Date Pudding

Dried Fruit & Potato Tart

 

Make your own Dove of Peace and VE Day Bunting

Dove of peace

Together with our colleagues from Made in Merton, we are inviting Merton residents of all ages to celebrate the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day by displaying our dove of peace in their windows.

Cut out, colour or decorate one of our dove templates, then stick or hang it so it is clearly visible from outside.

Keen crafters can also use the template to create their own fabric doves, either in 2D or 3D versions. These can be decorated with anything from embroidery or patchwork, to paper, felt or even materials from the garden.

You can also link several doves together to form a peace garland - most importantly, have fun!

We would like as many people as possible to take part in this simple act of celebration.

A4 Dove of Peace

A5 Dove of Peace

Make your own VE Day Bunting

Please display your doves where they can be spotted by passers-by, particularly children out on family walks and lockdown exercise breaks.

How many doves can you spot in your area?

We would love to see your creations, so why not send photographs to local.studies@merton.gov.uk 

You can also post them on Twitter or the Merton Libraries Facebook page.

 

Related material:

You may also be interested in our Battle of Britain and VJ Day resources.