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'Lest We Forget' Online Exhibition

Birmingham Remembers VE Day

This Online exhibition has been produced as part of the national and local commemorations of the 60th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day.

adjusting a gas mask

Using photographs, documents and wartime ephemera it aims to reflect the life of Birmingham citizens during World War Two and the celebrations that greeted the end of that war in the summer of 1945.

The images used in this exhibition are taken from the collections of Birmingham Central Library - Archives and Heritage Service, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. With special thanks to contributors of material from their personal collections: Norman Bartlam, Roy Edwards, Henry Mason, Colin Gibbs and Alan Wyant.

The Home Guard
Evacuation and Schooling
Air Raid Precautions
Women in the War
Wartime Entertainment
Food and Rationing

Jewish Refugees
'We Also Served'
Wartime Industry
VE Day Celebrations
Victory Parade and VJ Day

See below for more
interesting links:

You can see larger versions of all the pictures by clicking on them.

PLUS ! Why not have a go at our VE Day Quiz?

BSA factory roof

'Home Front' on roof of BSA factory, Redditch

 Spitfires at Castle Bromwich factory

Spitfires at Castle Bromwich Aero Factory


Messerschmitt near the Hall of Memory

Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt

Visit of Winston Churchill to Castle Bromwich Aero Factory

More interesting links:

Images of wartime posters

"Reflections of War" reminiscences

Helen Berry's wartime diary

Street parties for VE Day

Memories of VE Day

World War II picture quiz for young people

Library Services at Home VE Day Party 2005

War Memorials in Birmingham