The only WW2 Air Raid Shelter open to the public in Brighton & Hove.
SAT 11, SUN 12, SAT 18 & SUN 19 MAY
This is a rare opportunity for the public to visit the original school air raid shelter at Downs Junior School. Like many other school shelters it was built in the run up to WW2 during the autumn of 1939. It was designed to protect 300 children during daytime bombing raids, and the local community during night raids.
EXPERIENCE WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE FOR CHILDREN DURING THE WAR
A small team of volunteers have transformed the original air raid shelter into an immersive and interactive museum featuring extracts from the original school log books, stories from ex-pupils who used the shelters during the war, as well as rare local photos recently unearthed at The Keep.
Visitors can pre-book a place on one of our guided tours via the Brighton Fringe website (tickets on sale shortly). Due to the restricted space underground groups are limited to 10 visitors (+ guide) and places are strictly limited. Any unsold tickets will be available on the door from 10.00am on each event day.
Guided tours are only available to pre-book via the Brighton Fringe Website, and tours start at 15 minute intervals from 10.00am until 3.15pm (11,12 &19 May) and from 10.00am until 6.45pm (18 May).
CAFE, LIVE MUSIC & EVENTS
10.00am+ refreshments & gift shop
12.00pm+ 1940s music, dancing, meet our amazing WW2 veteran volunteers