Hooray! Our World War Zoo gardens project has just passed the 5000 reader mark since we started the blog in Summer 2009.
We have also recently celebrated our first ‘podcast’ last week – have you heard this?
We’re now putting the World War Zoo garden project, displays, launch weekend, Facebook & Twitter pages, blog and all forward for a prestigious BIAZA Education (General & Public Visitor) award.(British and Irish Association of Zoos And Aquaria) www.biaza.org.uk The deadline is July 23rd, 2010.
We need your help! We always need feedback and comment from users, readers or visitors on such projects.
Did it surprise you to learn about this neglected aspect of history?
Did it surprise you to learn that a modern zoo has a wartime Dig For Victory allotment on one of its former lawns?
Have you enjoyed looking at some of the objects in the zoo’s wartime collection, featured in photographs on the site?
Did you get the connection? Has World War Zoo made you think differently about the past and the resource challenges of the future?
Has it evoked any interesting memories or family stories of the time? Would you like to share them with us?
Many thanks to those of you who have already left comments or sent us emails about our project and its unusual way of communicating sustainability, recycling and grow your own and food miles “with a Vera Lynn soundtrack” by looking at the experiences of zoos, aquariums and botanic gardens in the 1940s.
We’d love you to leave us a comment.
You can browse the earlier articles back to July 2009 or look at our blogroll for useful links, including the excellent Imperial War Museum Ministry of Food exhibition running throughout 2010.
You can comment via our blog direct to the project team.
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