Reference ED 136/112
Title Long term policy: evacuation arrangements. Question of compulsory evacuation, compulsory registration of school children in the special evacuation towns
Former Department Reference 2107
Government Department Board of Education
Themes Evacuation;
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Unofficial evacuations, Housing and living conditions
Document Types Memoranda, Official Correspondence, Advertisements, Pamphlets, and Posters
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 5: London, Region 11: Scotland (Edinburgh HQ)
Locations Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bootle, Bradford, Chatham, Crosby, France, Gateshead, Germany, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gosport, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Peterhead, Portsmouth, Rochester, Salford, Sheffield, Smethwick, Southampton, Stretford, Wallasey
Organisations Association of Directors and Secretaries for Education, British Broadcasting Corporation, Civil Defence Committee, Civil Defence Executive Sub-Committee, Civil Defence Service, Education Committee, Emergency Committees, House of Commons, Local Education Authorities, Unemployment Assistance Board, Women's Voluntary Service
The Child in Wartime - How to Rebuild the Educational System © Workers' Educational Association.


A file of memoranda and government correspondence relating to the British government's evacuation plans. Subjects covered in the file include the suggestion to enforce compulsory evacuation in light of the threat of invasion; domestic life in the billets and the possibility of evacuees damaging their accommodation; financial provisions for householders; the evacuation of coastal towns and the Channel Islands; and the allocation of reception areas for evacuees. Other subjects discussed include the need for volunteers to assist in evacuation; a propaganda campaign to promote the benefits of evacuation as an air-raid precaution; and the need for children to be educated about evacuation. Documents in the file include a discussion of official and unofficial evacuation at a conference with representatives from Local Education Authorities; a pamphlet emphasising the importance of education for child evacuees; and a radio broadcast script to announce the closure of schools.


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