Harwich Haven Surrender & Sanctuary

Haven: Surrender and Sanctuary ran from the summer of 2017 through to early 2020. It encouraged 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 hope you will use this site to find out more about what the project did and learn more about this incredible history. We also hope that you will want to continue our work by suggesting and organising new activities in the years to come.

We are particularly grateful to those people who play the National Lottery and who, by doing so, have funded our work.


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