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Students hope to revive Cold War memories

PUBLISHED: 13:58 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:57 07 July 2010

Chris Hill

School students hope to gather Norfolk's memories of an era of intense political paranoia to aid a history project about the Cold War.

Youngsters at Dereham Neatherd High School want to hear from campaigners who protested during the period of international tension which divided Europe for 40 years after the end of the Second World War.

School students hope to gather Norfolk's memories of an era of intense political paranoia to aid a history project about the Cold War.

Youngsters at Dereham Neatherd High School want to hear from campaigners who protested during the period of international tension which divided Europe for 40 years after the end of the second world war.

The Cold War sparked a host of protest groups and rallies as fears grew over the possibility of nuclear war between the former Soviet Union and the western allies of America and Britain.

Year 9 student Joanna Brown said: “What we are looking for are people, preferably from Norfolk, who were involved in protest during the Cold War.

“That could be everything from joining Ban the Bomb marches to living in the Molesworth Peace camp. This is a really exciting project for us as we will be interviewing people about their experiences and then using it as part of an international project to compare life on either side of the Iron Curtain.”

The students are teaming up with schools in the former East Germany and the Czech Republic to host a multimedia exhibition and conference in Dereham in November.

History teacher Leila Shirazi said: “We are really keen for students to understand what it was like during the Cold War period, the very real concerns people had and the atmosphere of protest and opposition. It will be fascinating for them to interview people and it will be an important historical record.”

If you have a story to tell, contact Leila Shirazi on office@neatherd.org

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