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Celebrate Polish Heritage Day near you!

The second edition of Polish Heritage Day will see 76 events organised across the United Kingdom

between 5th May and 4th June. Discover our virtual map and see what activities are planned near you!


Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group invites you to  Polish Heritage Day

KRESY forever exhibition
Saturday 5 May 2018
2.00-4.00 pm

Performance Space, Manchester Central Library,

St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group presents

an exhibition by Krzysztof Hoffmann from Warsaw

comprising a unique collection of personal photographs and documents from families who came from the Eastern borderlands of Poland (Kresy) and settled in Manchester and the UK after WWII. 

The exhibition provides an insight into Poland’s history, how Poles came to Manchester after fighting alongside their British allies during WWII, how they integrated into the British way of life and their contributions not only during the war but to British society. 

  • A selection of books and DVDs about life in pre-war Kresy, the mass deportations to Siberia in 1940/41, personal memoirs and Poland’s WWII history will be available. 
  • WWII veterans and survivors will tell their personal stories. 
  • Find out how to research your Polish family history.
  • Polish dancers in traditional costumes will perform. 
  • Polish cakes and food will be available to sample.
  • Polish craft activity for families to enjoy.

Join us and celebrate our shared history and culture!
Friends of Polish Veterans Association (SPPW) Manchester

Further information about the exhibition
The exhibition “KRESY forever” is the result of the first stage of the digitisation project of the same name, undertaken by Krzysztof Hoffmann since 2016 in partnership with Kresy Family. This project embraces the search for and digitisation of material held in private archives scattered throughout the world to save it from being lost. It aims to create a comprehensive collection of archived photos, documents and other items connected to Poland’s past eastern borderlands (Kresy) and to bring it to the attention of the widest possible audience. We wish to rescue that which is most beautiful, left behind but still remains alive in our hearts.

The banners in the mobile exhibition represent only a fraction of the collected material. Over the last two years, it proved possible to find and digitalise in excess of 10,000 archived items.

The entire exhibition presents some four hundred unique photographs and documents from the borderlands on thirty roll-up banners that have never been previously displayed. These were found and digitised in 2016 and 2017 in Poland and UK (London, Eastbourne, Manchester, Huddersfield, Glasgow, Penrhos and elsewhere). The exhibition is arranged in thematic groups, corresponding to the subject of the presented collections. These are: “The People of Kresy”, “In Polish Uniform”, “Kresy in Documents”, “Old Postcards from Kresy”, “The Press”, “Daily Life in Kresy”, “Kresy Pearls” and “On the Frontline in the Great War”. 

The project will be progressed in 2018 in the UK, as well as Canada and in the territories of the eastern borderlands - in Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine. Towards the end of the current year - the 100th anniversary of independence - the exhibition is to be enlarged with collections which we hope to find in 2018. Together with the multimedia version, it will be presented in a public location in central Warsaw. Exhibitions are planned for other towns and cities in Poland and in the UK and, as far as is possible, on the territories of the previous eastern borderlands.

Helen Bitner's book 'A Song For Kresy'  is available now


Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group  acknowledges and thanks 

the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London, the Polonia Aid Foundation Trust and Kresy Family members

for their financial support of our projects. 

Kresy Family Polish WWII History Group invites you to ​Polish Heritage Day

6th May 2018  2-5pm

Creative Workshop SILENCE

​​​​JOIN OUR  creative WORKSHOP  and listen to readings from “SILENCE”  a play in progress by Nicola Werenowska

DISCUSS with the playwright the themes of deportation and displacement

EXPLORE the aftermath of trauma

RECALL your early childhood through imaginative exercises in visualisation

RETRACE memories of people and places

​To participate please contact