This morning we received an enquiry from the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham asking about any further records we might hold relating to a map in their collection entitled Map Showing Routes for Refugees from Eastern Counties in case of Invasion, which was produced in January 1916 when the threat of an invasion from hostile forces resulted in preparations being made for civilians to be evacuated from coastal areas in the East into the landlocked county of Derbyshire.
View the map and find out more about it in this blog post by Professor Matthew Smallman-Raynor.
In answer to the enquiry, unfortunately, I couldn’t say for certain whether we do hold any records that might provide further information. However, we hope that further investigation by the team at the University, particularly using the County Council (see ref DCC) and County Constabulary records (see ref D3376) might provide some additional insight into the scheme that fortunately never needed to be put into action.
If you’re interested… we do have a number of records relating to First World War refugees from Belgium (search the catalogue for refugees).