Evacuee : A Wartime Childhood
Sat 11 November 2023 until Sunday 17 March 2024
From Saturday 11th November 2023 until March 2024, the museum will exhibit the original artwork of artist and author Brian Sanders.
His career spans decades working on books, magazines, stamp and coin designs, editorial and advertising projects. High profile work such as Mad Men and Stanley Kubrick, which will feature in the exhibition.
Scenes of Saffron Walden and the district from his two books, Evacuee: A Wartime Childhood (2010) and Return of Evacuee: A Post-war Childhood (2016) will dominate the exhibition, accompanied by wartime items and photographs from the museum’s collections.
Visitors will be able to explore the second world war context and the lived experiences
of evacuees who came to live in Saffron Walden and Uttlesford during that time, such as Sandy.
Sandy’s original artwork features well known places in the town including Bridge End Gardens, St. Mary’s Church, Bridge House, the 8 Bells pub and the Boys British School, as well as venues of the time which no longer exist or are much transformed such as the cinema and public baths, which many will remember.
The exhibition will also reflect on the experiences of those who have come to Saffron Walden and Uttlesford as modern-day refugees, as a result of ongoing conflicts around the world.
The exhibition will be accompanied by craft activity events and a Community Town Trail (self-guided tour map) capturing moments and places from around the town from the books.