Reference HO 205/173
Title Regional narrative air-raid shelter progress reports for the period July 1941-November 1942
Former Department Reference O and O GEN 244/15/1 (Pts XI-XVII)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations London
Organisations Air Raid Precautions


A file of documents relating to monthly reports on the progress of the provision of air-raid shelters across the United Kingdom. Subjects discussed in the file include labour provisions for shelter construction; the progress of the construction of shelters; shelter amenities and welfare provisions, including lighting, heating, bunks, sanitary facilities, canteens, drinking water, air-raid wardens, medical aid, and dormitories; and the need for the control and supervision of shelter occupants due to hooligan activity, including wilful damage to the shelters. Other subjects discussed include the inspection of shelters; the costs of the construction of shelters; the strengthening, waterproofing, and maintenance of shelters; the diversion of full-time A.R.P. personnel to other civil defence work; gas precaution measures; and the issues of dampness, infectious diseases, and vermin in the shelters. Documents in the file include tables of statistics relating to censuses of shelter occupants, including the night-time occupants of shelters in the London Underground.


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