After a successful round of Hillingdon Tales, TOTeM returned to Uxbridge Library during Battle of Britain month in September to record memories and stories relating to wartime things. While many important objects had been lost through the years, there were some which were so meaningful (or extraordinary) that they stood the test of time. National identity cards, pieces of shrapnel, even a magazine from Express Dairy, a milk delivery company which continued to distribute milk all through the war, all contained fascinating stories of wartime life. One resident brought in a map tracing his five-year journey from POW camps in Europe, via Russia, Turkey and Egypt, back to the UK. A screening of Hillingdon and wartime tales is provisionally scheduled at Uxbridge Library for the evening of 20th October – watch this space!!
We have continued to collect stories in other parts of London throughout the summer (for instance, with Magic Me in Bethnal Green!), and will add them to talesofthings.com in the days and weeks to come.