Holidays at Home!

Holidays at Home was a government intitiative to encourage people to ‘Holiday at Home’ during the Second World War in order to take the pressure off the nation’s rail network, to give priority travel to military personnel, save fuel and to keep up morale.

West Yorkshire Archive Service’s Holidays at Home display looks back at some of our records to discover some of the events our districts held and to answer the question, can you really Holiday at Home?

Collection ref: WYB461 held at our Bradford office

Bingley Holidays at Home opening ceremony, 1944

Local authorities became the local agents for the government and it fell to the clerks of the councils to liaise with entertainers, the committees and the public in order to create a successful Holidays at Home.

Collection ref: LC/PKS/4/23 Held at our Leeds office.

The message behind the Holidays at Home campaign

Events were held in  parks, colleges and town halls in our districts, with entertainments, including dancers, concerts, swimming competitions, galas and vegetable shows.  So many entertainments were organised that it meant that the people of West Yorkshire really could Holiday at Home!

The Holidays at Home display will be available to view in all five of our district offices and also at Balne Lane Library, Wakefield for the month of August.

WYAS collects a diverse range of records created by a variety of individuals, groups or businesses.  If you would like to discuss the possibility of depositing records or would like to give feedback on the types of records that you would like to see, please contact the Collections Team


One response to “Holidays at Home!

  1. Highly descriptive article, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part

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