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Description

A file containing documents relating to the progress of air-raid shelter provision in London. Documents in the file include a weekly progress report; statistics on shelter use in each local authority area; and reports from local authorities on the shelter situation. Topics covered in the documents include the progress of securing additional shelters for public use; delays in the acquisition of new shelters; the reimbursement of the cost of new shelters to local authorities; the implementation of a ticket system for public shelters; the ordering of construction materials for shelters by local authorities; and the installation of bunks in shelters. Other topics discussed include the numbers of people sheltering in London Underground stations; possible locations for future shelters; the use of railway arches and shop basements as shelters; the use of unauthorised shelters; and a shift in the way people use shelters, with the public now using them for prolonged periods of time.

Keywords

air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, amenities, anti-aircraft defences, bedding, bridges, cinemas, construction materials, education, entertainment, factories, food supplies, furnishings, infrastructure, local authorities, London Underground, museums, public health, railway stations, railways, retail, sanitation, shelter wardens, storage, theatre

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