The value of this project has been in the relationship developed between Gill Mawson and Bury Archives Service. Gill has untapped knowledge of a local community and shared this for today. It has helped the staff of Bury Museum & Archives to recognised the importance of the Channel Island evacuee experience, something that they will be able to share with visitors for years to come.
The value has also been in bringing the community together – people who have not seen each other for 70 years and helping them to speak of issues they have hidden from their families and themselves for a long time. In the summer of 2010 Bury Museum did run a small display on the Channel Island evacuees but the impact of this was not as far reaching as this project has been.
This project has drawn out Gill’s strengths – her perseverance, passion for her subject and natural rapport, enabling members of the public open up about very sensitive subjects. Gill is a very powerful advocate for the importance of her research and it is her personal skill that brings organisations together with new working relationships. The documentary will have further reach – being used as a staff training tool for other museums. The fact that a school group came to the open day was unexpected and for the library service really proved that classes will visit the space. All the comments from the open day show the positive impact the project has had on local people.