Some people in rural areas thought that evacuees from cities had never seen a blade of grass or a cow, and that they spent all their time in the cinema. In fact many evacuees had been on holiday to the countryside or seaside.
Nevertheless country life was very different, and this had a profound effect on some children.
Evacuee children at Blisland sheep fair. Taken by press photographer George Ellis.
Sound recording of P J Maladine talking about country life in Cornwall and helping out the milkman on his rounds
Julia Sanders shares her memories of school days as an evacuee.
Twin sisters, Pam Scown and Pat Walker, share their memories about going to the pictures.
Danny Green shares his memories of being billeted on a farm.
Anthony Barnard was evacuated to Cornwall with his mother as a small child.
Evacuees from Paddington Green on Ready Money Beach at Fowey.
Evacuee children of Tredethy, Helland, picking daffodils.
Animation about the differences between country and city life