On September 1st this year we mark the beginning of World War 2 in 1939.  Here in North Wales it was a fine, sunny morning, but the future was to be far from sunny. Often people had to hide away from bomb blasts in specially constructed underground shelters, half buried in the ground with earth heaped on top.  Sometimes built in peoples’ back gardens, and named after their designer, they were known as ‘Anderson Shelters’.

They were made from six corrugated iron sheets bolted together at the top, with steel plates at either end, and measured 6ft 6in by 4ft 6in. They were very effective at saving lives and preventing major injuries during air raids, but they were really cold during the winter months. Designed for six people, they were free to those with an annual income of less than £250, (The average salary at that time was £200.) For those who didn’t fall into this category, the price was £7.  

Come and see our reconstructed Anderson Shelter at Corwen Museum. Set in the old red brick chapel on the A5 in Corwen, our opening times are 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Do come and see the small space, hear the war time radio news broadcasts and popular music. Then stay a while to see the model railway and the other treasures we have!