WWII Timeline

Our Wartime History  WWII Timeline section aims to provide a rich and varied source of information on the various campaigns fought during World War Two and the dates on which they took place, as well »

Journal Archive

The Journal of the Second World War Experience Centre is dedicated to the international rescue, preservation and study of the evidence of the individual in the circumstance of war »

Archive Collections

We are proud to display examples of sets of World War Two material from the Centre's collections. From this section, visitors can access WW2 biographies, audio-clips »

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The Centre is a Registered charity. Donations are important to help secure the future of these valuable memories. We have a small number of Centre employees, with a good deal of »

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Donate Items to SWWEC

THE CENTRE NEEDS YOU! There are at most 5-10 years left for the Centre to collect and conserve WWII material and memories,  before a great deal of the material and testimony will have been lost »

About Us

Who we are

A UK registered Charity which exists to collect and encourage access to the personal testimony of men and women who lived through the years of the Second World War and the promote the use of this material for education.

What we do

Collect and conserve memories and materials relating to the WWII period and the personal testimony of those who lived through it. Ensure that different audiences have the opportunity to share and learn from the personal recollections conserved in the collection here – enhancing the possibilities  by digitising the material and providing access via the internet to the widest possible audience

Why support us

These memories will be lost forever if they are not captured and conserved. We are a Registered Charity and rely on donations to continue our widely recognised vital work preserving the objective perspectives and heritage of World War Two.


It has to be a good thing to preserve experience to help future generations to understand what living through those years was like. Surely history students need such first-hand information but when some school-children today do not even know who Winston Churchill was, nor what D-Day signifies, then an archive which is dedicated to the war years deserves all our encouragement..

Hilda Craven

Women's Royal Naval Service, 1942-1945
The continued work of SWWEC is so important, it grows and keeps alive a vital resource into a past time which played such a crucial role in shaping our lives today…

Kelvin Bell

SWWEC Trustee