First Generation Estonian man in North East England, interview excerpts

The following are excerpts from an interview I carried out with a first generation Estonian man who came to Britain after the Second World War under the EVW schemes.  At the time of the interview he lived in North East England, having earlier moved away from an area of Estonian community.  He arrived in Britain, via Hull in 1947. We landed in Hull – Priory … Continue reading First Generation Estonian man in North East England, interview excerpts

First Generation Latvian man, Excerpt from Interview transcript

The following are excerpts from a transcript of an interview I carried out with a Latvian man in West Yorkshire in the mid 1990s:   How did you come to Great Britain? ‘Came 1947 in October.  Came as European Volunteer Worker.  1947.  Worked in Selby on agriculture on farms, sort of thing.’   So were you in a DP camp in Germany? ‘DP camp in … Continue reading First Generation Latvian man, Excerpt from Interview transcript

Laimonis Mierins: a Latvian exile / DP artist in Great Britain (post Second World War)

This post follows on from the blog article I wrote about Latvian DP artist Nikolajs Soikans, who came to Britain in 1947, on the European Volunteer Worker (EVW) Schemes.  Soikans expressed his experiences as a refugee in his lino and woodblock prints, during his initial years of resettlement in Britain.  Alongside Soikans, came other Latvian artists, some emerging, others already established, who had also been … Continue reading Laimonis Mierins: a Latvian exile / DP artist in Great Britain (post Second World War)

My experiences as a child of Estonian EVW parents, by Juri Noot

Introduction by Emily Gilbert I am delighted to present the experiences of Juri Noot, an Estonian who came to Britain after the Second World War with his family.  Like thousands of other Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians, Juri and his family had been displaced from their homeland during the Second World War, in their case, Juri’s father had been forcibly recruited into the Russian army and … Continue reading My experiences as a child of Estonian EVW parents, by Juri Noot

Christmas and New Year in Latvia and Lithuania 1997

As Christmas 2017 approaches at the end of another busy year, I recall Christmas and New Year 1997, twenty years ago, when I visited Latvia and Lithuania over the festive season. At that time, I was studying for my PhD about Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians in Britain, and was travelling to these countries two or three times a year.  I allowed myself another trip at … Continue reading Christmas and New Year in Latvia and Lithuania 1997

Hull – the experiences of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian EVWs who arrived in Britain, via the Port of Hull, 1946-1950

Hull is my home city, I was born and bred in Hull, and as a child in the 1970’s, I spent many weekends around the Hull Docks area, which is a very historical area close to the city centre, with outstanding views across the Humber Estuary.  I had no idea at the time, that less than 30 years previously, large boats and ships carrying Baltic … Continue reading Hull – the experiences of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian EVWs who arrived in Britain, via the Port of Hull, 1946-1950

Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian European Volunteer Workers in Britain: initial accommodation experiences in camps and hostels in Britain, 1946-1951

In my new book, Rebuilding Post-War Britain: Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Refugees in Britain, 1946-1951, I discuss the refugees’ first experiences in Britain.  For many, this involved spending time living in camps and hostels around Britain, while they carried out their initial labour contracts.  They spent varying amounts of time there, some for as little as a few days and some for several years.  This … Continue reading Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian European Volunteer Workers in Britain: initial accommodation experiences in camps and hostels in Britain, 1946-1951