It was a time of community spirit, of evenings by the wireless, and of making do in incredbly tough times. Now the war-time era of the 1940s has been recreated at a costume shop in the south east, and will soon open to the public as a living museum.
David Johns has been to look round, speaking to re-enactors Debbie White and Judy Knight.
Young musicians from Kent have paid tribute to another generation at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall last night. Students from the North Knatchbull School in Ashford were among the 3,000 performers who remembered the Dambusters from World War Two.
Kent played a vital role for the Dambusters training. The coastline at Reculver was used to test the "bouncing bomb" before the squadron flew on to Germany. David Wood reports.
Today marks seventy-one years since a German bombing raid killed forty-one people in Reading, Berkshire.
A memorial plaque has been unveiled during a special service at Town Hall Square in Reading to remember those who died. One of the four bombs hit a restaurant where at least twenty nine people lost their lives.