40th Year Anniversary
of the

4000 year old woman
SPELTHORNE MUSEUM
1 Elmsleigh Road, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4PN. United Kingdom

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Welcome to Spelthorne Museum

Everyone is invited. Always Free.

During the Covid 19 Crisis the Museum is closed. We do have two new Exhibits on line for you to see though. Enjoy!

40th Anniversary of Spelthorne Museum (5 pages)
Victory in Europe Day (5 pages)

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ARP Wardens' Rattle


In 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 or Morrison.)

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!

The 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.

Our 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 less continuously.

 

 



Remember
Once Reopened out of hours group visits to the Museum can be arranged.
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.

The Story of Spelthorne Museum

V.E. Day


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