Students help turn back the clock to memories of a town in wartime

MORPETH residents can get a glimpse into what their town was like in a very different world next week.

King Edward VI School, with help from local organisations, will transform the Corn Exchange of the Town Hall into a 1940s setting for a public exhibition.

Students will be adorned in 1940s dress and will welcome visitors, show a range of exhibits, including some from the school archive, and sell arts, crafts and recipes which they have produced themselves, with members of the public welcome to add their own items.

The event is being held to mark National Science and Engineering Week.

The national theme is communication and lead KEVI staff organisers Lysa Grieve and Victoria Najafi have decided to explore what communication was like all those years ago.

The school is being supported by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, historian Dr John Sadler and his enthusiastic team of Time Bandits during the week, and Dr Sadler will be exhibiting a range of items at the event, as well as recreating some period scenarios.

Town Trails author Alan Davison will display some visuals, including 1940s photographs and cinema posters.

The Morpeth Antiquarian Society will exhibit some of its 1940s artefacts, including part of a Heinkel bomber from its museum collection. Music from the era will also be played.

Ms Najafi said: “We are delighted to be working with a range of local organisations and involving the public in the celebration of this special week.”

The school has been short-listed in the national final of this year’s National Science and Engineering Week Awards in the secondary school section.

An array of 1940s activities will take place in lessons and students will visit Blyth Battery to learn about communication on the Northumberland coast during the Second World War.

The exhibition will take place on Wednesday from 10am to 5pm.

There will be a chance for people to submit any communication-based items for it on Tuesday, between 4pm and 5pm at the Corn Exchange, and they must be collected from the same location on Wednesday, from 5pm to 6pm.

For more details, contact the school on 01670 515415.