Harwich Haven: Surrender and Sanctuary is a public history project which encourages local people and visitors to explore the unique role of Harwich, Dovercourt, Felixstowe and the Shotley Peninsula in two momentous events in world history during the twentieth century: the surrender of the German U-Boat fleet here in November 1918, and the arrival of the first Jewish refugees on the so-called ‘kindertransport’ in December 1938.
These are two moments in time which book-end the conclusion of one global conflict (the First World War) and the beginning of another (the fight against fascism in the Second World War between 1939 and 1945).
We want you to join us and our partner organisations in exploring this history that is unique to the Harwich Haven. We want to build on the past, learn from it, and leave behind an educational and visitor legacy which can benefit this historic corner of Essex and Suffolk in the years to come.
We hope you will use this site to find out more about what we’re up to and learn more about this incredible history. We also hope that you will want to take part in some of the activities.
We are particularly grateful to those people who play the National Lottery and who, by doing so, have funded our work. Their participation is particularly welcomed.
Come join us at one of our upcoming events and help to keep this vital history alive.
There’s sure to be something that’s of interest to everyone.
Our project partner, The National Archives, have discovered some fascinating primary…
The Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary Project is pleased to offer…
Here you will find the resources we create as part of the education and community activities of our project.
The story of the arrival of the Kindertransport to the Essex coast in 1938 is…
The story of the surrender of 168 German U-Boats and support vessels is a fascinating…
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