Second World War Project

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Museum of Cornish Life at Helston throughout 2021 on a national project developed by Imperial War Museums (IWM). This project will see both museums delivering a range of projects that uncover lesser-known stories about Cornwall in the Second World War.


Alongside the opening of the Imperial War Museum’s new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries in 2021, IWM’s Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP) is working with eight cultural heritage partners across the UK.  We are lucky to be the South West partner on this national project along with the Museum of Cornish Life at Helston.  Thanks to this project we’ve been able to establish a Digital Internship post and carry out a major research project exploring Bodmin and Cornwall’s Second World War history and share it online and via community events during 2021.  This sectio of our website connnect you to the research we’ve been doing and to exhibitions and online resources about the Second World War 

The SWWHPP is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Ways to Explore our Second World War Stories


Some things to watch and listen to that explore our Second World War Stories…

Podcasts – listen to our professionally-produced podcasts that tell fascinating stories of Cornwall in the Second World War – Cornwall’s D Day  and  Soldiers of Colour

Blog Articles – insightful personal reflections from our team researching Cornwall’s stories of the Second World War during lockdown

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Online Video Talks –  Author Susan Soyinka gives a talk about her book From East End to Land’s End. Find out about the Second World War evacuation of Jews’ Free School (JFS) in the East End of London to Mousehole in Cornwall.  Susan also talks about the artist as refugee Albert Reuss in Mousehole .  And our Collections Manager Verity Anthony talks about the museum’s Second World War Prisoner of War Objects

BBC Uploadslisten to our Digital Interns Charlotte and Joseph talking about their work investigating Cornwall’s Second World War Stories

Fun Stuff – fun Second World War-themed activity resources Keep Kids and our Wartime Makeup ‘how to’ video 

For People Living in Care Settings – enjoyable outreach activities that can really brighten your day!

Schools Resources – great workshops for primary schools

Events – look out on social media for our upcoming events sharing Bodmin’s Second World War stories including Free Local Heritage Walks at 5pm on 31st July, 7th August, 14th August, 20th August and 27th August, and Free Community Days on 4th and 5th September at The Old Library in Bodmin.

Our Regiment in the Second World War

The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI)

With many undergoing their basic training here at Bodmin Keep, as a regiment of the British Army, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry played a significant role during the Second World War. Whether it be the 1st, 2nd, 5th or 30th Battalion, we remember them and their service.  


Find out more here
Black and white photograph of troops marching in a line outside Bodmin Barracks.

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