“This is the BBC …”: BBC Radio Cornwall page on World War Zoo project and interview with wartime zoo evacuee and BBC History Magazine food rationing article and podcast

Looking forward to our wartime garden weekend 1 to 3 May 2010, there is now a whole page link to the World War Zoo project at Newquay Zoo via BBC Radio Cornwall with short interview clip with Peter Pollard a wartime zoo evacuee on life in a wartime Chessington Zoo as a child amidst bombing and a free range childhood around the zoo. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/cornwall/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8539000/8539314.stm

Chessington Zoo partly evacuated staff, animals and railway to our sister zoo at Paignton Zoo later in the war. 

There are good links on the page to an archived  BBC Northwest TV interview at Chester Zoo from 2007 http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/player/nol/newsid_6700000/newsid_6706300?redirect=6706315.stm&news=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&nbram=1

 interviewing the Chester Zoo founder’s daughter June Mottershead about her memoir of wartime zoo life Reared in the Zoo (Ark Books) with some wartime film footage of reconstruction at Hamburg Zoo.

As a change from reading BBC Wildlife Magazine, we noticed that BBC History Magazine (our current reading along with BBC Gardener’s World (“other gardening magazines are available”)  features an article and podcast on wartime rationing http://www.bbchistorymagazine.com

Keeper Billett of Whipsnade Zoo ZSL in tin hat and gas mask pictured in the shortlived 'Animal And Zoo magazine', November 1939 (magazine / photo from the World War Zoo archive, Newquay Zoo)

 in the March 2010 issue, linked to the Imperial War Museum Ministry of Food exhibition. www.food.iwm.org.uk

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