to Spelthorne Museum
is invited. Always Free.
Covid 19 Crisis the Museum is closed. We do have two new Exhibits
on line for you to see though. Enjoy!
site for those
September 1935, Stanley Baldwin the Prime Minister,
issued a circular entitled Air Raid Precautions ~ARP~
which suggested local authorities should make plans
to protect their people in the event of a war. This
included the building of public air raid shelters. (Anderson
In April 1937, two years before WW2 began, the government
created an Air Raid Wardens' Service and recruited around
200,000 volunteers. By the end of the war there had
been 1.4 million ARP wardens in Britain, mostly part
time volunteers who had other full time day jobs.
These volunteers were known as Air Raid Precaution Wardens
and their main role was to protect civilians from the
danger of air~raids. They would patrol the streets during
blackouts, to ensure that no light was visible. If a
light was seen, the warden would alert the householder
and they would have to cover the chink of light. Often
the warden would do this by shouting loudly!
ARP Wardens were issued with a helmet with the letter
'W' upon it, a whistle and/or a wooden rattle, a hooded
torch and canteen of water.
Rattle would have been used to warn people of a gas-attack.
The Warden would go through all streets in the sector
which may be affected, sounding the rattles more or
Once Reopened out of hours group visits to the Museum can be
Also members can visit your group to give illustrated talks
on various local history subjects.
See 'Education' for further details
We have again revamped the website for the 40th Anniversary
of the Museum. Please take a look at the Queen's Award page,
the Accessibility page, the photos of Staines page and the Lino
page. There is also a map page showing how to get to us, people
are always saying to us that they didn't know that we are located
through the Library, on the map page we show photos of our building
related to everywhere else around us.
We also have
NEW pages showing the Exhibits that are supposed to be in the
Thames Room, however they can be seen on here while we are closed,
due to the Coronavirus.
Story of Spelthorne Museum
Outer: 4,000 year old lady
Inner: Lino Design