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World War II - In Birmingham Libraries and Online

Depiction of Bomb Damage
Picture Quiz

See if you can recognise some of Birmingham's streets after the buildings were damaged by bombs in our World War II picture quiz.

Or have a go at our VE Day quiz.

Peace In Europe Declaration
A Child's Wartime Diary

Helen Berry was 13 years old and living in Handsworth when the war ended. Read her account of the VE Day celebrations of 1945 including the street parties, flags and bonfires where images of Hitler were burnt.

Save Kitchen scraps
Lest We Forget VE Day Display

To commemorate VE Day 2005 the Archives and Local Studies and History sections in Birmingham Central Library put together an exhibition including old photographs, posters and other documents. The display is now available online.

street party scene

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

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

Bournville Village Trust painting
Other World War II Links

Find out what it was like to serve in the armed forces by reading the wartime memories of Birmingham people.

See whether your street is included in our photographs of VE Day parties in Birmingham.

Young people in Birmingham asked their grandparents or other family members if they wanted to send their VE Day pictures or memories for display on our website.

Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service

The Archives and Heritage Service in Central Library keeps lots of old maps, photographs and other documents about Birmingham safe for the future. Find out how you can visit and look at some of their material such as old log books from local schools.