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Beyond The Blitz: Remembering the events of 1940
Beyond The Blitz - Photo: BBC Coventry & Warwickshire/Coventry History Centre
Remember the events of 70 years ago with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire remembers the 70th anniversary of Coventry Blitz with a special series.

Beyond The Blitz brings together a variety of features on-air and on our website up to and including the anniversary on 14 November 2010.

One of the main projects has been collecting 70 Stories for 70 Years.

This involved recording blitz stories from 70 people who remember the attack on the city in November 1940, so their memories are saved forever.

70 Stories for 70 Years

The stories were carefully and thoughtfully recorded and compiled and were broadcast on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire in October and November 2010. The memories have now been archived and become part of a special interactive map on our website, where you can listen to all 70 stories.

Click here to visit the map that shows where all 70 of the survivors were on the night of 14 November 1940. From the map you can see their photographs and listen to their recorded memories.

Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn gave a message on air for the people of Coventry

From Beyond The Blitz we also have a selection of galleries, which look at Coventry before the war and how it compares to the city we know in 2010. Many of our archive pictures have been kindly provided by the Coventry History Centre at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

Specially for the series, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire also made a Twitter page with a difference. We created a page which could have been used by our newsroom in 1940 - if the internet had been around then! - to broadcast national news and local blitz updates.

Using the social media site, which lets you report in no more that 140 characters, until 15 November we shared national news from 1940, accurate to the the date and time 70 years ago.

Alongside serious news, it also included theatre and cinema listings, the time of blackout for that particular day, and other stories hitting the headlines in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Special broadcasts

BBC Coventry parlour
Our Beyond the Blitz series takes listeners back to the 1940s

In the week leading up to 14 November, on the radio we aired content relating to the war, old Coventry and how everyday life may have been in 1940. From a modern day family living on rations, to personal stories of loss and bravery, we commemorated the events of November 1940, along with the spirit of those survivors who went on to rebuilt the city.

On 14 November, for the first time, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire broadcast on air all night with a selection of special programmes to mark the anniversary and reflect on how it affects everyone in Coventry today.

Please explore the features, video, audio and photograph galleries on the right to see more on Beyond The Blitz.


Beyond The Blitz - Photo: BBC Coventry & Warwickshire/Coventry History Centre Beyond The Blitz: 1940 - 2010
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire are marking the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz with their series Beyond The Blitz
Coventry Cathedral Coventry remembers
A special service of remembrance is held at Coventry Cathedral on the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz
Remembrance Service, Coventry Remembrance Sunday
See photos from the Remembrance service held at Coventry's War Memorial Park on the 70th anniversary of the Blitz
Dresden A journey to Dresden
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's takes a blitz survivor to Coventry's twin city of Dresden to meet fellow WWII survivors
Charles Hobson Forgotten photos
A forgotten family photograph album has given a fresh insight into Coventry during WWII
Tea dance at the Guildhall A blitz tea dance
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire holds a tea dance at Coventry's Guildhall for the Coventry Blitz survivors
Trinity Street Pre-wartime Coventry
Take a look back at photos of Coventry from before the outbreak of war
Merged Coventry picture: BBC Coventry & Warwickshire/Coventry History Centre Coventry old and new
We have created a special gallery showing parts of Coventry from before the war while merging in the scene from 2010
Marian McNamee In our 1940s parlour
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire have created a 1940s parlour in its open centre
Coventry Blitz memorial at the London Road cemetery Cemetery memorial
Should the Coventry Blitz memorial at the London Road cemetery be maintained more than once a year?
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in rubble after Buckingham Palace was bombed - Fox Photos / Getty Images The palace bombing
On 13 September 1940, Buckingham Palace was hit during a daytime raid
View from Coventry Cathedral A cathedral's view
Coventry Cathedral stands proudly over the city and you can see for miles from the top of the tower
Michael Logan A journey to Dresden

Wearing poppies on Armistice Day Poppy drop in Coventry

Mike meeting survivors in Dresden Meeting Dresden survivors



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