Bring Take Shelter into your classroom


  • Themed online resources

  • Live online Q&A session with a veteran

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you might not be able to visit us, but we are excited to announce a new 2 part schools offer which will bring the Take Shelter experience into your classroom.

PART 1: Online resources
We have created a range of online resources focusing on wartime Brighton and the unique school air raid shelter at Downs Junior School covering seven themes: Rationing, Evacuees, Air Raid Shelters, Air Raids, Gas Masks, Fashion and Women at War.

Each theme is packed with information, original documents and rare photographs, some from the Take Shelter collection and others reproduced by kind permission of Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust and the Keep. At the heart of these new resources is a series of new films introducing the Take Shelter veterans as they share their first hand experiences and knowledge of wartime life.

PART 2: Live Q&A session with a Take Shelter veteran
Each school has the special opportunity to have a live Q&A session where pupils can meet our Take Shelter veterans and ask them their own questions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering access to this new schools offer on a donation only basis.

BOOK NOW! To book this new schools offer, click here.

This new resource has been made possible by the generous support of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Take Shelter volunteer, Joy, introduces our new schools offer.

What other schools have said :

“There was so much fun stuff to look at, it was awesome” Olivia

“We sat on the same benches that actual evacuees sat on” Erin

“It was very interesting to think how it would have been for the children who had to go there” Karola

“The talk by Mr Gooders about his and his little brother’s experience of being evacuees in Brighton was funny and moving and really engaged the kids. They were agog when he explained how his future wife was saved from being straifed by a Messerschmitt in the nearby Blakers Park.”

Paul Hendrick, local businessman & former governor at St Luke’s Primary School