Enfield at War is an innovative project that ran until September 2015. It aimed to increase understanding of the impact of the First and Second World Wars in Enfield and received £79,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help fulfil this goal.
Enfield at War explored the story of the people, places and events which took place in Enfield during both World Wars. As with most towns during this time, Enfield suffered greatly from bomb damage. Being heavily industrialised, Enfield was an important target during bombing raids. It also contributed massively to the war effort – famously, the Royal Small Arms factory produced the ‘Lee-Enfield rifle.’
The project provided opportunities for volunteers to gain experience in archive research, oral history collection and the digitisation of historic documents and images. These volunteers helped to produce an online database containing a collection of newly digitised wartime images, interactive kiosk points, wartime heritage maps, educational work packs for local schools and a digital book, as well as to collect oral histories.
Local people responded and generously gave their time to talk to us. This collection of 33 memories with accompanying images was undertaken between September and October 2015. You can view this as a free ebook (requires Flash) or in PDF format (PDF, 11MB). Residents were also invited to share their memories, photographs and other materials at two special ‘Enfield at War’ days.
You can view our video about the shooting down of the Cuffley Airship during the Second World War below:
Visit the Enfield at War blog to for more information about the Enfield at War project.
You can get a vivid picture of wartime Enfield by walking around in it. To help you do that, we've put together several heritage trails with maps and an accompanying guide.
As part of the 'Enfield at War' project, WW1 and WW2 school packs have been created. For more details on borrowing the Enfield at War school packs, emailing the School Library Service.
You can find accompanying images in the PDFs below: