Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter Museum

Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter Museum
Clifford Road Primary School
Clifford Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP4 1PJ
England

Website

www.cliffordroadshelter.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@cliffordroadshelter.org.uk

Telephone

Enquiries via school office

01473 251605

Fax

01473 221224

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Air raid shelter
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Hidden beneath a Suffolk school playground, among quiet residential streets, the shelter provides a vivid picture of life during World War Two.

Hundreds of feet of substantial concrete tunnels were sealed up and forgotten in 1945. Thanks to their solid construction, they were in excellent condition when rediscovered over forty years later.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

2006 opening times

Sat 1st April 10.00-14.00
Sun 2nd April 13.00-17.00

Sat 6th May 10.00-14.00
Sun 7th May 13.00-17.00

Sat 3rd June 10.00-14.00
Sun 4th June 13.00-17.00
Weds 7th June 19.00-21.00

Sat 1st July 10.00-14.00
Sun 2nd July 13.00-17.00
Weds 5th June 19.00-21.00

Sat 5th August 10.00-14.00
Sun 6th August 13.00-17.00
Weds 9th August 19.00-21.00

Sat 2nd September 10.00-14.00
Sun 3rd September 13.00-17.00

Sat 7th October 10.00-14.00
Sun 8th October 13.00-17.00

Admission charges

Adults £1.50
Concessions £1
Children 75p
Family £5.00

The shelter is available for group visits and guided tours outside of public opening times, including evenings. Groups need to be of at least ten people, and the maximum that can be accommodated at once is thirty. School groups are also welcome.

Additional info

Access: The shelter is accessed by a steep flight of steps. It was not designed with wheelchair access in mind, but once inside, a wheelchair can be used. Please contact the museum in advance to discuss any special arrangements.

The museum takes visitors through home and school life in wartime conditions, including the difficulties of rationing, evacuation, and attempting to continue a normal life in extraordinary situations.

Further sections deal with wartime roles for both men and women, in the armed forces and civilian support. A further section of tunnel contains a section of a real 1938-built London Underground car, highlighting the importance of railways nationally, and of the use of the tube for shelter.

One section of the tunnel recreates conditions that would have existed in the shelter during the war, with dim lighting, bare concrete and wood, and the sounds of a real air raid over London.

Collection details

Social History, Weapons and War

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