PERCEPTIONS OF COASTAL DEFENCE, 1939-2009

 

Rosemary Poole overlooking redundant coastal defences at Ringstead, Dorset c.1947. (© R.Poole)
 

The launch of this website was accompanied by coverage in the national and regional media, with the aim of helping us to gather more information about coastal defences in general and those in Suffolk in particular. The response was greater than we could have hoped for and many people came forward with interesting stories and personal recollections. It became apparent early on that some of this material was of great significance for the project and that also, perhaps unwittingly, we had assembled a mini archive of personal testimonies. As a group, our respondents helped to inform us not only about coastal defences during the Second World War, but also about how perceptions of them had changed since 1945. A small selection of this material is presented here, together with links to various media broadcasts concerning the project.

 

BBC Radio 4 ‘Making History' http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxrc Programme broadcast 20 October 2009

 

ITV Anglia News: http://www.itv.com/anglia/wartimewalberswick50300/ Programme broadcast 23 October 2009

 

BBC News Online (Suffolk) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/8322770.stm

 

We would very much like to thank all our respondents for their generous submissions and invite contributions from viewers along similar lines.

 

Why not check out the following Oral Histories?

Recollections of 558 Field Company, Royal Engineers, 1940

 

Wartime Memories of Walberswick, 1939-40

 

A Low Flying Enemy Aircraft at Felixstowe

 

A Tragic Accident at Southwold, 1940

 

Jumping Along a Line of Anti-Tank Cubes at Aldeburgh

 

Memories of Sizewell

 

A Walk with the RAF in Lowestoft

 

A Little Girl with a Counter Invasion Plan

 

Beach Scaffolding Makes for Difficult Swimming on the Sussex Coast

 

Post-war Playtime in Pillboxes

 

The Changing Landscape at Southport, Lancashire