Due to the pandemic, the Museums on the Green is currently closed to the public. However, we have created a dynamic new virtual series of talks with authors and historians (see what’s planned below), and new virtual exhibits featuring items from the archives. You can also read the latest issue of “Untold Tales of Falmouth” and catch up with previously published Tales here. Plus…there’s more to come!
The Museums on the Green is also seeking submissions for its “Covid-19 Archives”. Individuals, businesses and groups are invited to submit journals, essays, poems, photographs, songs, videos and other items that illustrate what life has been like in Falmouth during the 2020 pandemic. Later, we’ll share these stories and artifacts with you–and preserve them for generations to come in our new archives collection. MORE INFO
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VIRTUAL TALK: “A Game of Birds and Wolves” with Simon Parkin
April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm$10.00
A GAME OF BIRDS AND WOLVES
The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II
By the autumn of 1941, German U-boats were devastating the British war effort. Operating in groups known as “wolf packs” – inspired by the indigenous hunters of their homeland – they had torpedoed and sunk countless convoys packed with vital supplies. Winston Churchill knew the outcome of the war rested on the battle for the Atlantic. What he didn’t know was his solution would evolve from a game. Captain Gilbert Roberts and a group of ten Wrens (members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service) assigned to his team invented it. The “board” was a linoleum floor divided into painted squares. The pieces were model ships, moving across a make-believe ocean. The object: reveal the tactics behind the vicious success of the German U-boats and develop a counter-maneuver. That counter-maneuver became “Operation Raspberry” and, in the words of one admiral, “contributed in no small measure to the final defeat of Germany.” This true-life tale has it all: larger than life characters, little known heroes, ingenuity, dedication, perseverance and sacrifice.
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