Reference ED 136/111
Title Long term policy: preparation of the Government's Evacuation Scheme. Evacuation rehearsal
Former Department Reference 2107
Government Department Board of Education
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Transport and travel, Housing and living conditions
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda, Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 5: London, Region 11: Scotland (Edinburgh HQ)
Locations Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Derby, Felling, Grimsby, Hartlepool, Hebburn, Jarrow, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham, Rotherham, Sheffield, South Shields, Sunderland, Tynemouth, Wallsend, West Hartlepool, Whickham
Organisations Advisory Committee on the Evacuation of School Children, Association of Headmistresses, Association of Headmistresses of Recognised Preparatory Schools, Association of Headmistresses of Recognised Private Schools, British Army, Care Committees, Central Emergency Committee for Nursing, Central Emergency Committee of the British Medical Association, Children's Country Holiday Fund, County Councils, Froebel Society, General Post Office, Headmasters' Conference, Incorporated Association of Head Masters, Independent Schools Association, Local Education Authorities, National Council for Maternity and Child Welfare, National Union of Teachers, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Territorial Army, Women's Land Army, Women's Voluntary Service


A file relating to the British government's evacuation plans produced prior to the beginning of war. Subjects covered in the file include the plan for transport provisions for evacuees; guidance for Local Authorities on the conduct of housing accommodation surveys; guidance for householders receiving evacuees; and emergency procedures for evacuation. Other subjects discussed include the preservation of child evacuees' identities by the establishment of the National Registration Scheme; material and welfare provisions for children outside school, such as clothing, the encouragement of postal correspondence with parents, and extracurricular activities; and healthcare provisions. Documents in the file include template visitor authorisation cards and records for the survey of suitable accommodation; scripts for radio announcements to inform the public of evacuation preparations; meeting minutes of the advisory committee on the evacuation of school children; and a report on rehearsal exercises in the summer of 1939.


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