Reference HO 192/1212
Title Rest centres
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/33
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Domestic Life
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Health and welfare, Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham
Second Report of the Friends Ambulance Unit, November 1940-October 1941, reproduced with the permission of the Religious Society of Friends. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/library.


A file of documents relating to rest centres in Birmingham. Subjects discussed in the file include the names and locations of rest centres, including centres in schools; the number of persons fed and sheltered in the centres; the damage to the centres by air raids; medical provisions in the centres, including medical rooms and personnel; food provisions for air-raid victims, including mobile canteens, emergency feeding, hot meals, and canned foods; and the care for the homeless, including accommodation, clothing, financial allowances, and official document replacements. Other subjects discussed include the work of the voluntary services in the centres; anti-gas precautions in the centres, including gas mask provision; blackout and air-raid shelter provisions in the centres; the suitability of premises; the need for training for rest centre personnel; and rest centre amenities, including lighting, heating, hot water, sanitation, telephone communications, and food preparation facilities.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, allowances, ambulances, amenities, bedding, billeting, blackout, bomb damage, bread, buses, canning, cereals, charity, children, chocolate, civil defence, civil defence training, civilian casualties, clothing, coal, cocoa, communal feeding, communications, culture, dairy, demolition, disease, distribution, dockyards, doctors, domestic equipment, emergency procedures, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, fire prevention, fire services, first aid, fish, food preparation, food supplies, fruit, furnishings, gardens, gas, gas masks, healthcare, heating, homelessness, hospitals, hostels, hot water, identity cards, infants, infrastructure, interviews, lighting, local authorities, maps, margarine, meals, meat, mothers, motor vehicles, music, nurses, oats, parents, peas, pensions, pork, preserves, public health, public morale, public transport, publicity, ration books, rationing, reception areas, rescue, rest centres, rice, sanitation, schools, soap, standard of living, statistics, surveys, tea, telephonic communications, transportation, veal, vegetables, vocational training, voluntary organisations, volunteers, water supply, welfare

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