The War Years Exhibition
The exhibition in the old Island Hall, next to St Peter’s Church is now open to the public. The exhibition gives an insight into what it was like to live on Sark during the German Occupation between 1940 and 1945. There are also personal stories of some of the islanders.
The image below, courtesy of Sue Daly Productions, shows Sark resident Nellie Le Feuvre standing in front of her wartime story. Her story sits on the stage which is framed by a green curtain and has seating opposite which are marked ‘reserved’ for named German officers.
During the Occupation, the old Island Hall was used for entertainment and sports. The Sark Amateur Dramatics group performed plays on the stage in front of occupiers and locals alike. Nellie recalls performing on the stage with friends, where German officers sat in the front row and the green stage curtain would come down at the end of their performance. Part way through the Occupation, Nellie and her family were sadly deported.
There will be additions made to this exhibition over time and although it is not quite complete at this stage, Sark Tourism thought it would be nice to open early so that people can begin to discover Sark’s Wartime Years.