“Little Raiders”

Raids Over York is many things for many people, but one thing it aspires to do is interest and encourage our younger generations to find out more about life and times in York during World War Two. 

On the 80th anniversary of the Baedeker Raid on York, we’re delighted to unveil a children’s animation called ‘What A Lucky Escape’ for Raids Over York aimed at 7-11 year olds (KS2 pupils).

Our eldest generation will be the final generation that remembers and experienced the war at first hand. They were children, teenagers at most, during the war, meaning that how they experienced the war was seen through eyes and understood by minds as inquisitive and unknowing as our children today. 

It has been put together entirely by University of York undergraduates, Tab Kaye and Lauren Cheetham-Birmingham and with amazing animation by Emma Gough. Their amazing video follows James on his journey around York during the night of one of the raids on the city, as he tries to find his friend, Tara. 

In his search, James discovers some of the types of problems that were faced by people on the night of that raid in York. 

…But just as it looks like it might be a sad story for Tara, is there hope among the rubble? 

In addition to the fab video, Tab, Lauren and Emma have produced a cartoon education pack for KS2 pupils and teachers to use; have a look here

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