"After an air raid."

Building 3 at the museum was once the Officer's squash court, and was also designated as the overflow morgue which thankfully was never needed.

Today it contains some scenes put together with the help of mannequins and a collection of suitable "treasures".

At the entrance to the building is a reproduction of a grocer's shop with original old packages, recipe books etc. The land girls are also remembered in this  scene. 

When you go through the next door you will find on your left a scene of a street after an air raid. Again mannequins are a major part of the display. A little boy who has a wound on his head is being given first aid by a volunteer, as an ARP warden stands nearby. In the corner is a Home Guard gentlemen. Any of you that know the BBC comedy Dad's Army will see how much he is like Lance Corporal Jones. 

The Home Guard was set up for volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service. They were either too young or too old, or in a reserved occupation. Their role was to slow down the advance should there be an invasion by the enemy to give the regular troops time to regroup. In total 1.5 million men saw service in the Home Guard throughout WWII.

All though often scorned they had a job to do and would have protected the UK willingly.


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