Following last weeks post about the Anderson Shelter, this week we are looking at the Morrison shelter!
The Morrison shelter’s official name is the “Table (Morrison) indoor shelter”, it was designed by John Baker and named after Herbert Morrison who was the Minister of Home Security at the time. The idea for the Morrison shelter was fed from the realisation that there was a lack of indoor shelters as not enough homes had cellars.
The Morrison shelter measured approximately 6 ft 6 inches long, 4 ft wide and 2 ft 6 inches high. With a steel plate “table” top, welded wire mesh sides, and a metal lath floor. Three tools were supplied with the pack that you built up inside your home and it had 359 parts altogether. A lot of people used the shelter as a table and had bedding inside of it.
Half a million Morrison shelters had been distributed by the end of 1941, with a further 100,000 being added in 1943 to prepare the population for the expected German V-1 flying bomb.
At the Dig For Victory Show in previous years, we have had half a genuine Morrison shelter on display. This was salvaged from a garage, where it had been used as a work bench, and restored once again by members of the IMPS.
Another chance find has brought the remains of another one. This had been quite heavily modified and effectively turned upside down. Volunteers of the Shopland Collection have been cutting it apart and preparing to reassemble it the right way around!