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Community Open Day: Sunday 11th September

We are thrilled to be opening the air raid shelter for public tours for the first time with our new entrance this autumn.

About our new entrance

Up until this summer access into the shelter has been via a small hatch and metal ladder. The Take Shelter team have been fundraising for the last 5 years to build a new more accessible entrance to the shelter. We are thrilled to announce that all our hard work has paid off and, with the support of Downs Junior School and Brighton & Hove City Council, the new entrance will be in unveiled in September 2022. We are hoping that with our new set of steps and handrail we will be able to share the shelter with a wider cross-section of the community.

Shelter tours, 10am – 4pm

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides on a 30-40 minute tour of our unique school air raid shelter. During your tour you will have the opportunity to:

  • explore the original shelter and find out how they were built
  • see films of our veterans and hear what it was like to be a child in wartime Brighton
  • browse displays of rare photographs from Brighton Museum and The Keep
  • watch archive footage from wartime Brighton from Screen Archive South East
  • enjoy our recreated scenes of an Anderson shelter, wartime kitchen and bedroom
  • experience what it would have been like to be in the shelter during a bombing raid in our air raid simulation
  • see original wartime artefacts in our shelter displays

We recommend that you book your tickets in advance as we only have a limited number available on the day.


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While you are at Take Shelter, why don’t you also…

Try your hand at our vintage games

Roll up, roll up! As part of our vintage fair there will be a range of games to have a go at. Will you win by luck or by skill? Stalls will be open from 12noon each day.

Take home a Take Shelter souvenir

No visit would be complete without a Take Shelter souvenir from our well stocked gift shop. Open from 11am. 

Meet our wartime veterans

We are incredibly lucky to have a small number of veterans involved with the project. Come and meet Alan, Ann or David in the Take Shelter Museum and hear their stories first hand.

Couple dancing at Take Shelter fringe weekend
Tap your toes to wartime tunes

The air will be filled with vintage sounds provided by DJ Colin Tenn from Brighton Jive. Whether you sit and enjoy the tunes, dance across the floor or take your first steps in one of our taster lessons, Colin will create the perfect musical Home Front atmosphere.