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War Stories told at The Museum of Somerset


On Friday 11 September the Museum of Somerset will host a talk by Bridgwater resident Wilhelmina ‘Helmi’ Wolff as part of the War Stories project.


The project explores the impact of the Second World War on local people and Helmi is amongst the Somerset residents who have told their stories in a series of short films. In the film Helmi recalls the dark days of the occupation, and the excitement at the end of the war when the country was liberated by the allies.


Helmi was a child in Holland during the Nazi occupation and she will talk about the Second World War as seen through a girl’s eyes. The youngest of seven children, her father and brother were forced to leave home to work as labourers in Germany. Helmi came to England in 1953 and has written a book based on her wartime experiences.


More info & booking


The ‘Talk and Tea’ event takes place at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, on Friday 11 September, 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Booking is advisable on 01823 255088, cost £5. The War Stories project is kindly supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.


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The Museum of Somerset is part of The South West Heritage Trust, a new independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.

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