Carrie’s War in Imperial War Museum’s exhibition of best-loved Children’s books

Carrie's War

February 02, 2011

Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War is to be included in Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children, an upcoming exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London. The exhibition is based around five of the best-loved books written for children about conflict. The exhibition will invite visitors to enter the imaginary world of each book through life-sized sets, scale models and interactive exhibits. It will also go behind the scenes of each title, examining the authors’ inspiration through rare items such as manuscripts, photographs and early sketches. The other books included are War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier, The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall and Little Soldier by Bernard Ashley.

Carrie’s War, first published in 1973 and now available as a Puffin Modern Classic, tells the story of Carrie Willow and her younger brother Nick’s wartime experiences as London evacuees in a Welsh mining village. By exploring the themes of loyalty, separation, survival and identity present in the chosen books, Once Upon A Wartime aims to illuminate the experience of war through a child’s eyes, as well as providing all-important historical context through expert interpretation and exhibitions of genuine and relevant artefacts. Diane Lees, Director-General of the Imperial War Museum, commented that ‘focusing on these extraordinary fictional accounts of conflict is an innovative, and we hope successful, way of helping children and adults understand the experience of war.’

Once Upon A Wartime opens on the 11th February and will run until the 30th October 2011.

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