The project team have been working with the Syrian and Iraqi refugee families who have been resettled in Skipton to explore what life was like for the German prisoners inside the camp.

They spent the day at Craven Museum where they took part in a number of activities, including creating a short animation film bringing to life the story of Fritz Sachsse’s epic escape from a Japanesse POW camp to his recapture off the coast of Scotland and imprisonment in Skipton (see below). They also learned a German card game played by the officers in the camp, and tried their hand at baking using First World War rations to make Trench Cake which would have been sent to soldiers on the front line. The families also got the chance to take part in an archaeological dig taking place on the site of the camp in August 2018.

photo of men and boy playing card game

Refugees learn a German card game© Rob Freeman