Evacuation (Key Stages 3 and 4)
On the same day that World War I broke out, Operation Pied Piper began: the mass evacuation of schoolchildren with their teachers, followed shortley by mothers with children under firve, and some adults with disabilities. About 1.5 million people were moved over three days from places at risk into small towns and villages in the countryside.
Large parts of rural Northumberland were categorised as Reception areas, and plans were made to receive evacuees from industrial Tyneside. This learning resource examines what really happened during the evacuation into Northumberland, using source material from Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn, Ashington, and Berwick Record Office.