Exmouth & District

July Monthly Meeting – Thursday 11 July 2024

Event type: Monthly meeting
Date: 11 July 2024
Time: 10:30
Venue: Exmouth Pavilion

Sarah Shaw will be giving a talk on From Doodlebugs to Devon.

Letters written by her mother to her father in 1944-45 had always fascinated Sarah, with their descriptions of rationing and shortages, of coming under attack from the V1/doodlebugs and eventually finding shelter in south Devon.  Sarah’s illustrated talk takes these letters as the starting point for the story of an ‘ordinary’ south London housewife; as well as revealing some little-known news stories and evidence contradicting popular beliefs of the time. 

Sarah Shaw is the writing name of Sarah Stamford, a member of Bridport U3A.  She has a degree in social history from the Open University and was formerly a librarian at Cambridge University.  ‘From Doodlebugs to Devon’ is her third book, following ‘The secret diary of a 1970s secretary’  and ‘Short skirts and shorthand’.