THE AMAZING STORY OF WALBERSWICK AT WAR

Recreating the past through the literary text The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo and the virtual, Walberswick - Coastal Defences of World War 2.

INTRODUCTION

  • Many teachers use Michael Morpurgo's The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips as a stimulus for history and literacy teaching. This story of a Devon village and its inhabitants who were evacuated in 1943 as part of the preparations for D-Day in 1944 is told by two narrators - Lily's letter and edited childhood diary of her wartime adventures and her grandson Michael (known as Boowie) who learns about his grandmother's past many years later when she sends him the diary to read.
  • Morpurgo's novel depicts the imagined world of the Devon coast 1943-44 during the preparations for D-Day, and how the events of the Second World War impact on the lives of the villagers of Slapton in general, and Lily's family in particular. Morpurgo has used local and personal perspectives and experiences to explore national and international events and their impact on peoples' lives. This creates powerful opportunities for children and young people to connect with and perhaps understand the dilemmas, attitudes and choices made by people in the past.
  • The creators of Walberswick - Coastal Defences of World War 2 have taken what remains - archaeological and documentary - of a specific period in the village's past and created an imagined virtual world. Morpurgo has created his world with language and story, the website designers with technology based on archaeological and documentary remains. Comparison of the literary with the virtual provides interesting opportunities for exploring interpretations and recreations of the past.