This page will help you if you have discovered an Anderson Shelter in your garden.
First, is the shelter still in its its original wartime location, dug into the ground? These shelters are quite rare but my home page contains links to photos of the dozen or so shelters that are known to have survived the last 80 years.
- If you do own an original shelter then I hope you will try to preserve it. Your local historical society may be interested to hear if it. And local schools might be very keen to arrange visits.
- I would be delighted if you would send me a couple of photos so that I can feature it on this website.
- You will find information about how to repair and preserve your shelter on this web page. Please do not ask me for advice as I do not have any information or advice beyond what is on that page. But I would of course be glad to add any of your tips or useful experience that is not already on that page.
- I am sorry that I am not aware of any organisation that can help you financially or practically. But preserving or even rebuilding your shelter should not be difficult if you or your friends have basic practical skills. Indeed, lots of ordinary households built their own shelters during the war with material provided by the authorities.
Or was your shelter recycled or re-used after the war - often turned into a garden shed, for instance? If so, then it is still a very interesting structure, which you might like to preserve. You can access photos of other recycled shelters via my home page. But I don't need you to send me any further examples, thanks, unless yours is special in some way.
- Do be aware that the corrugated iron that was used in the war, especially in Anderson Shelters, was significantly thicker (heavier gauge) than that which is manufactured today - around 2mm thick rather than the current 0.7mm. It can be quite hard to find it these days so, if you don't want to keep the corrugated iron, please don't throw it away but try to pass it on to others using eBay or Gumtree.