In March 2012 the Staffordshire Archives & Heritage Service celebrated the culmination of 18 months of work on the project, together with Patrick Corfield (Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers) and Janene Cox (Commissioner for Tourism and the Cultural County).

The event, on a beautiful sunny day at the National Memorial Arboretum, was held to launch the project’s book and to say thank you to over 50 of the project’s participants and their partners and friends who travelled from as far as Bournemouth and Margate to attend on the day.   

There were talks from Councillor Corfield and the Head of Archives and Heritage before Dr. Maggie Andrews spoke about her enlightening research. Copies of the project book were then handed out to those who had been interviewed for the project before the Children on the Move project team were finally given the chance to chat to the participants – some of whom we had only interviewed over the telephone and not yet had the chance to meet in person. Former evacuees and locals were also reunited on the day.

Here are a few photographs taken to remember the day: