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Saturday 20 July until Sunday 19 April 2020 10.00am - 6.00pm

Exhibition: Enfield at War 1939-45 (plus a programme of linked events and talks)

Dugdale Centre, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS  


The Great War – the ‘war to end all wars’ – came to an end in 1918 but just over 20 years later a second world war was in progress. Once again, men from all corners of the globe were involved in conflict and everyone was affected by the turmoil it caused.

Civilians who were not in the armed forces and fighting on the various fronts but on the ‘Home Front’ were affected just as much but in different ways. Air Raids; rationing of food, clothes and fuel; changes to work patterns; evacuation and a disrupted education were just some of the ways that the lives of the residents of the three former districts of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate were affected.

2019 is the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and the Museum of Enfield has taken the opportunity to put on this exhibition to show some aspects of the Borough during this period and to mark the enormous contribution that local residents made both at home and abroad.To tell these stories we will use photographs, objects, letters and documents from the museum’s collections, memories and loans from individuals and organisations and material from Enfield Local Studies & Archive Centre.

We have a great programme of events, talks and education accompanying the exhibition including:

World War II Day Conference - Saturday 14th September - See Full Programme

Trent Park:Secrets of WWII Revealed- Helen Fry Book Launch & Talk 10th October, 7pm-9pm
Secrets & Spies- Helen Lederer in conversation with Trudy Gold Tuesday 19th November, 7pm-9pm
Secret Wartime Britain- Wednesday 4th December, 7pm–9pm

Exhibition Lunchtime Taster Talks:
All talks are 1pm-1.45pm, FREE to attend

Women at War by Ian Jones Tuesday 24th September
Football during WWII by Graham Frost Tuesday 29th October
The Archaeology of War by Ian Jones Tuesday 26th November
Heroes and Victims by Ian Jones Tuesday 10th December

Wartime Walks in Enfield Town with Joe Studman Sunday 29th September, meet at 2pm

WWII for Schools!

School sessions:
A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet a costumed character and explore our WWII exhibition!

Session times:
10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Tuesday 8th October
Meet Lord Aberfeldy and hear secret stories from Trent Park!

Tuesday 15th October
Meet a 1940s housewife and learn what life was like at home in the war.

Tuesday 5th November
Meet an ARP warden and hear all about life in Enfield, on the Home Front!

Suitable for all school year groups!
Price per child: £4

Self-led trails:

If you would like to visit our exhibition with your school we are also offering FREE self-led trails to guide your class around the cases and objects.

School Loan Boxes:
• World War ll - £20 - £25
• The Blitz - £15 - £20
• Wartime Food - £15 - £20

Loan periods are for one month only. To find out more information and to book please email 

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Sunday 22 September until Saturday 28 September

Incognito Theatre presents a Triple Bill

Friday 27 September

8.00pm - 10.00pm

*Enfield Writers Workshop

Sunday 29 September

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Apple Day in Broomfield Community Orchard

3.00pm - 5.00pm

Live music: Equinox

Thursday 3 October

10.00am - 12.00pm

*Tea & Chatter Morning


Talkies Community Cinema: Blindspotting

Sunday 6 October

11.00am - 4.00pm

*Myddleton Road Market

Tuesday 8 October


Talk: Trent Park's Very Secret War

Thursday 10 October

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Talk: Trent Park - Secrets of WWII Revealed

8.00pm - 10.00pm

*Enfield Art Circle Monthly Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

*North London Humanists

Thursday 17 October

7.30pm - 9.00pm

Friends of Firs Farm public meeting

Sunday 10 November

2.00pm - 4.00pm

House plant sale in Broomfield Conservatory

Tuesday 3 December

Sleep Walk for Shelter

Sunday 8 December

1.30pm - 5.30pm

Winchmore Hill Creative Writing Group

Thursday 12 December until Sunday 15 December

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