Image Bank

Swansea

Nora Sandin’s Diary

the diary of Nora Sandin at the end of 1941

Nora Sandin was a seamstress, a woman who used to make and alter clothes. Her husband Gordon was in the Home Guard. She lived in Sketty, just outside the town of Swansea. Her diary is open to the end of February 1941, when the town centre was completely destroyed by bombing.

She says she is glad to be alive, but otherwise she writes about the ordinary problems that were caused:

“...too scared to go to bed. In the flicks [cinema] when it started…Water and gas off. I feel shaken and worn out for lack of sleep.”

Activity: What's the story?

Look at the picture and read, listen to, or print the story.

What's the story main page