World War 2

The Second World War had a huge impact on Knaresborough’s residents. There was a large influx of people into the town, including child evacuees, city office workers, military personnel and POWs. 

Our WW2 displays are a tale of two halves: life at home as Knaresborough’s population doubled, and local girl Winifred Jacob Smith managed the Women’s Land Army for Yorkshire: contrasted with stories from the front about local heroes like Ginger Lacey (who went to King James’s School) and Ronald Windsor who was captured at Arnhem.