Dartmoor, Devon and World War Two

the impact of World War Two on rural Devon Lives

MED Theatre are proud to have been awarded a National Lottery Grant for Heritage for this young people’s and community project, with thanks to all players of the National Lottery. 

DARTMOOR, DEVON AND WORLD WAR TWO will begin in November 2019 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the second world war. In an effort to preserve precious heritage, in the form of the memories and first-hand experiences of the local wartime generation, this project will offer the opportunity for younger members of the rural Devon communities to carry out research and oral history interviews that can be used in the creation of various creative outputs. 

Please revisit this page regularly for updates on the project’s progress and any opportunities to be involved (see below.) 


Would you like to be a part of this exciting project? Perhaps you are particularly keen to write a play, attend a Dartmoor residential or be part of oral history interviews that are vital to preserving important history. 

MED Theatre are recruiting for young people to play a key role in this project and will be hosting a FREE workshop on Sunday 12th January 2020 in Chagford’s Jubilee Hall. Come along and see if you think that the MED Theatre world is one you would like to be a part of! 


project outputs and Timeline

ONGOING: Regular Podcast Episodes Released for Public Download

Nov ’19 – Feb ’20: Research trips and training opportunities for young people

Jan – Dec 2020: Oral History Interviews – to be held wth local war veterans and those who were present in rural Devon during and in the aftermath of World War Two.

Feb ’20 – April ’21: Two-hander play toured to Devon schools, education centres, residential homes and day-centres etc.

June 2020: Young People’s Residential – recording of an audio play from a Dartmoor residential centre.

Nov 2020: Young People’s Production.

March 2021: Community Play Tour across Devon  

Project Partners and contributors

Dartmoor National Park

The National Trust (Castle Drogo)

Historic England

South West Lake’s Trust

Moretonhampstead Historical Society

AgeUK Exeter

The Plough Theatre


Running Deer Forest School

Fiona Macbeth (Exeter University)