Surrey History Centre will be hosting a free display dedicated to the displaced Polish Allied Forces and their families, who settled in Surrey after the Second World War.

The Polish service personnel had fought for the Allies under British operational command, but at the end of hostilities there was to be no return to a free Poland. The Polish units in Britain were the first and last foreign army ever to be demobilised on British soil. Their story is told through the history of Tweedsmuir Camp, which stood near Thursley Village, Surrey.

Tweedsmuir was just one of many former army bases used as temporary housing for displaced Polish people in Britain. The families stayed at Tweedsmuir Camp until 1958, when they were encouraged to find permanent homes outside the ‘camp system’. The display offers an opportunity to explore the political, social and cultural history behind the events surrounding their settlement.

Tuesday 26 March to Saturday 27 April 2013, at Surrey History Centre during normal opening hours

Free parking to rear of building

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND

Tel: 01483 518737, e-mail: shs@surreycc.gov.uk

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