Reference HO 207/385
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Public shelters: education and entertainment
Former Department Reference O/LR 14
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Domestic Life
Subthemes Air raid shelters, Entertainment and culture, Public opinion and morale
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations London
Organisations Civil Defence Executive Sub-Committee, County Councils, Local Councils, Women's Voluntary Service
Notes The following leaflet has been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: Memorandum to the Ministry of Labour from the Musicians Union (London Branch): The Present Crisis in the Musical Profession.
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A file of documents relating to the provision of entertainment and education in air-raid shelters in the London region to boost morale. Subjects discussed in the file include education provisions, including the transfer of evening institutes, classes, talks, and lectures to the shelters; the provision of music, including concerts and choir singing; the provision of film equipment, including projectors and film reels; the balance between high-brow and low-brow entertainment; the provision of religious services; library provisions; and theatre provisions, including plays and pantomimes. Other subjects covered include the involvement of voluntary organisations; issues with the provision of radios, including the risk of receiving German propaganda; a proposal for entertainment provisions in tube stations; the issue of unemployment in the entertainment industry due to the closure of venues; and entertainment provisions for civil defence workers, evacuees, and homeless people staying in rest centres.


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