Nine extraordinary days

June 5, 2020

Eighty years ago in the early summer of 1940, thousands of people shared a time that has become legendary.

Over nine extraordinary days, The Dunkirk Project tells their stories.

 

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This was Dunkirk – what was it really like, how does it look from here in 2020, and some parallels with our own times.

 

Follow true stories and unforgettable characters throughout the nine days on the River of Stories

Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May 1940 to 4th June 1940 in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions.

 

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Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page, the largest book in the British Library.

 

 

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The Dunkirk Project – what’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

 

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And new in 2020 for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

And coming soon:

Creating Dunkirk 2Art and War: Richard Eurich and the War Artists look at Dunkirk

More Heroic ships – features on the Royal Daffodil, Gracie Fields and the London fireboat Massey Shaw

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4th June 1940 – Beyond Dunkirk

June 4, 2020

 

SS Alderpool, June 1940

SS Alderman carried 3,500 Poles from Northern France to safety in Plymouth, June 1940 Photo from Polish Institute & Sikovski Museum in London, contributed by Roy Martin

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions.

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to move around the articles.)


3rd June 1940 – Towards the end

June 3, 2020

Alec Harrison, second left, clipping form London newspaper

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions.

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to go to move around the articles.)


2nd June 1940 – Tatter’d colours

June 2, 2020

TtoD p18 Harry West detail

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions.

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to go to move around the articles – or find a page via the menu top left.)


1st June 1940 – Homeward

June 1, 2020

Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions;

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to move around the articles.)


31st May 1940 – Lovely on the water

May 31, 2020
Photo page from John Masefield's The Nine Days Wonder

Photo pages from John Masefield’s ‘The Nine Days Wonder’

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to go to move around the articles.)


30th May 1940 – the view from the air

May 30, 2020

Dunkirk 1940-aerial-photo-RAF

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to go to move around the articles.)


29th May 1940 – Nightmare

May 29, 2020

Drawing by EC Turner

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions;

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to go to move around the articles.)


28th May 1940 – Out there

May 28, 2020

Embarkation from Dunkirk by EC Turner (detail)

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Medway Queen alongside-Brighton-Belle-1.jpg

Heroic ships: 1 HMM Medway Queen – a new series focusing on individual ships begins with a feature on the gallant paddle-steamer Medway Queen.

 

 

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Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and welcomes contributions

 

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

 


27th May 1940 – An extraordinary Armada

May 27, 2020

photo taken from RAF reconnaissance plane May 1940

For today’s news from Dunkirk touch screen or click here

And new for this 80th anniversary edition of The Dunkirk Project:

The blockbuster event of the summerThames to Dunkirk on film – a new artist’s film takes a walk around the big book, in company with BG Bonallack and Virginia Woolf; and there’s a new article on the British Library’s blog.

IMG_0109Creating Dunkirk – artists’ views and visions – a new series of articles looking at artworks inspired by Dunkirk begins with a feature on John Craske’s astonishing embroidery The Evacuation of Dunkirk.

 

Alec Harrison

Stranger than Fiction – highlighting extraordinary true stories from Dunkirk, including some surprising elements: twelve pairs of silk socks, a jam sandwich and a tattered postcard, and a treasured newspaper clipping showing one of the last soldiers to be evacuated from Dunkirk.

 

Lucky Weather text by Frances Bingham, paperwork by Liz Mathews

Read the daily news from Dunkirk each day from 26th May to 4th June in a River of Stories that collects and presents true stories from people who were there – and contribute your own Dunkirk story;

01 Front cover

Follow Thames to Dunkirk page-by-page.

 

 

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What’s it all about? Touch screen or click here to find out more.

(Touch screen or click on any red link to go to move around the articles.)