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Enjoy lunch in the Refuel Restaurant with views overlooking the airfield. The Citroen Van in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
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When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit the Wessex Café in Historic Hangars? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
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Lancaster Membership has been designed for people that wish to support the Museum from afar
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RADAR Magazine is a thrice yearly publication of the RAF Museum, bringing you access behind-the-scene
Two of our Trustees set out on an epic walk-a-thon in aid of the RAF Museum Centenary Programme.
Join the RAF Museum as a volunteer and create a unique experience for yourself and our visitors. Bring your enthusiasm, knowledge and skills or try something new.
Without you assistance we would not be able to care for our collections, read our varied audiences or share our objects with a world wide audience.
If you have any questions about supporting the RAF Museum, here you can find out how to contact our Fundraising Department.
The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation ensures that the shared aviation heritage of the USA and the UK is kept alive in the memories of our two great nations.
"We shall never surrender"
Even before 1939, Britain began implementing measures in preparation for war. Key existing organisations such as the police were given specialised training for their wartime role. Following Anthony Eden's call in May 1940 for a new defence organisation to be raised, enrolment for the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV), later renamed the Home Guard, was carried out at police stations. The co-operation between the police, fire service and civil defence groups was essential in maintaining public order, safety and morale, as demonstrated on the ferocious night bombing raid of 7th September 1940.
There were several types of bomb shelters available to civilians. In London people congregated on the platforms of the tube. In towns communal shelters were built which could protect approximately 50 people or alternatively some people had Anderson shelters in their gardens. Evacuation of children from major cities had begun on a small scale in 1939 but had tapered off during the Phoney War period. In July 1940 another evacuation took place when the Luftwaffe began bombing Britain.
Upon the outbreak of war the Auxiliary Fire Service was formed to assist the Fire Brigade.
On 7th September 1940 25,000 auxiliary firemen helped the London Fire Brigade fight the fires caused by German bombers.
Their job was essential and extremely dangerous as they risked serious injury and death.
When Anthony Eden launched his appeal for Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) he said they should be men aged between 40 and 65 who were able to fire a gun.
Many had served as soldiers during the First World War and took up arms once again to defend Britain from invasion.
People sought shelter from bombing attacks in all sorts of places including the underground, churches and closer to home in Anderson shelters.
In the communal shelters food and drinks were distributed and, as pictured here in North London, music was played to lighten the mood.
The role of the police was expanded during the war. With the bombing raids on Britain, beginning during the Battle of Britain, the police provided security and helped form rescue parties. They also assisted in the organisation of evacuation from the cities in addition to their other duties.
LDV volunteers lined up, in July 1940, in plain clothes sporting LDV armbands.© IWM
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