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​Treasured children’s author Jacqueline Wilson’s latest book Wave Me Goodbye inspires family day at the Museum of London Docklands

21 February 2018

Wave Me Goodbye family day
Museum of London Docklands
Saturday 10 March 2018, 11.30am – 4pm

The Museum of London Docklands will explore life in London during the Second World War with a day of family activities themed around Jacqueline Wilson’s latest book Wave Me Goodbye, the story of a young girl from London’s Docklands who is evacuated during the Blitz.

During the Second World War, London’s Docklands were one of the worst affected parts of the country, as the Axis forces targeted the vital supplies that arrived in the capital via ships from all across the British Empire. The harrowing effect of the Blitz on the docks is chronicled in the Docklands at War permanent gallery at the museum.

As a result of the sustained campaign of bombing, children were promptly evacuated from London to the countryside, where the danger of the Luftwaffe was decreased.

Wave Me Goodbye follows ten-year-old Shirley’s evacuation to the countryside during the Second World War to a quiet village where she meets two boys from the East End, Kevin and Archie. Their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives forever.

Inspired by this story the Museum of London Docklands is hosting a day of free family activities and workshops, which includes:

  • A new life: Design your own suitcases and decide what to pack as you are evacuated from London in this thoughtful workshop. 12-1.30pm & 2.30-4pm.
  • Evacuee experiences: Board a jam-packed train and breathe the fresh county air as you spend a day in the life of a young evacuee. 1.30-2pm, 2.30-2pm & 3.30-4pm.
  • Copies of Wave Me Goodbye and other merchandise will be available for purchase on the day of the talk, at the museum shop.

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    Notes for editors

    For more press information please contact Aaron Stennett, Marketing and PR Officer at the Museum of London Docklands on 02070019809 / 07966367706 or [email protected]

    About the Museum of London Docklands

    The Museum of London Docklands is located at West India Quay in east London. Opened in 2003, this grade one listed converted Georgian sugar warehouse specifically tells the story of the port, river and city – focusing on trade, migration and commerce in London.

    The museum is open daily 10am – 6pm and is FREE to all, and you can explore the Museum of London Docklands with collections online – home to 90,000 objects with more added regularly.