About the Project

Animation workshop at Redruth Youth Centre
Animation Workshop at Redruth Youth Project

Project Overview

“A Safe Place to Go” was an intergenerational oral history project exploring the impact of World War Two evacuation in Cornwall. As part of the project young volunteers from Redruth and Launceston received oral history training with the Cornish Audio Visual Archive in order to record the evacuee experiences of older members of their community.

Another strand of the project involved the production of a dvd teaching resource which contains footage from war-time public information films and teaching activities designed to support the delivery of Key Stage 3 History. Students from Liskeard School and Community College worked with film archive Greenpark Productions, staff from Cornwall Record Office and Advanced Skills Teacher John Golding to develop the resource. The dvd was distributed to all Secondary schools in Cornwall during 2010.

“It’s been great to work together on this. The young people have really got involved and learnt lots of new skills. They are keen to find out more about the experience of older people and we’re hoping build on this project.”

Karin Saunders, Youth Worker for Youth Cornwall

Project Partners

  • Cornwall Record Office
  • Greenpark Productions
  • The Cornish Audio Visual Archive (CAVA)
  • Cornish Studies Library
  • Redruth Youth Project
  • Liskeard School and Community College
  • Cedar Grange Residential Care Home
  • The Evacuees Reunion Association


We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their participation in the project:

  • Karin Saunders and young people at Redruth Youth Project
  • John Golding and the 'Learning Detectives' at Liskeard Community College
  • Young people from Launceston and District Explorer Scouts
  • Pauline Jackson Cocking, Julia Sanders, Pam Scown, Pat Walker, Elsie Trevorrow, Danny Green, Anthony Barnard, P J Maladine.

For further information about the project please contact us using the email form provided.

The project ran from June 2009 until March 2010, and was funded through Their Past Your Future 2. TPYF2 was a three-year programme of museum, library and archives projects, delivered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.