Help us share the Take Shelter experience with more people
UPDATE – A new accessible entrance to the shelter was installed in September 2022 – NEW PAGE COMING SOON
Did you know that during the war EVERY school had an air raid shelter?
Today the ONLY school shelter open to the public in the UK is at Downs Junior School in Brighton.
Our vision – a new entrance
We want to be able to share the Downs Junior School air raid shelter experience with as many people as possible BUT there is one obstacle that we can’t solve on our own. Access into the shelter is via a small hatch and a steep ladder. This regularly puts off, or physically prevents, visitors of all ages from entering the shelter. In particular it often prevents older people, those for whom the war is still within their living memory, from visiting the shelter.
We want to build a new accessible entrance inspired by the original shelter stairs. This will allow a greater number of people with a greater range of abilities (up to and including ambulant disabled), to access the shelter. Entering the shelter via steps will add to the existing air raid experience as it will be reminiscent of the way everyone entered during the war when they heard the unmistakable sound of the siren.
What we are asking for?
We are now looking to you to help us make this possible. The building work is going to cost £52,800. We will continue to invest all income generated by Take Shelter into this project so we are looking to raise a further £35,000.
Volunteer with us
Volunteers of all ages are central to the success of Take Shelter. If you would like to be part of our growing team please click here to send us a message. We have opportunities for people interested in becoming tour guides and event helpers, and also helping behind the scenes too. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you were a child in Brighton during the war. Please click here to contact us.
Donating wartime items
We are actively collecting wartime objects, documents, photographs and memories which relate to the home front in Brighton. These form part of our museum displays on our open days and school visits. If you have anything you would like to donate or share with us please click here.
Talk to us about the different opportunities there are for your company to support the project in either a one-off or ongoing way.