In 2005 Charlton Athletic FC celebrated their centenary year by building a statue of their most illustrious player Sam Bartram outside their Valley ground. Moira Bartram, Sam’s daughter, unveiled the statue as well as donating her father’s papers to the club. These included press clippings and photographs that charted his career as a footballer and also his wartime service in the RAF. On the 70th anniversary of the Blitz it seems fit to use the Bartram archive to tell both his story and, through it, the local experience of the trials and tribulations of World War 2.
The film is to be used as a learning tool by local primary school children in the Charlton area studying QCA History Unit 9: What was it like for a child in World War 2?
The amazing archive provided by Moira Bartram reveals how her father and his team-mates’ fortunes seemed to closely follow the key events of World War 2 and is told in the form of the reminiscence of a Charlton fan, who had been a child during World War 2.
The animated section of the film was designed and animated by children from St. Paulinus Primary School, Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School and Days Lane Primary School.
The illustrations were kindly provided by children’s author and illustrator Michael Foreman.
The script was by Peter Daniel, the Project Co-ordinators were Simon McKeon and Paul Fisher at London Borough of Bexley Archives.
Film made by Tom Hillenbrand.
The project was commissioned by The London Borough of Bexley Archives and the funding was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Here are some of the positive responses that the film has received: