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'A Family in Wartime' Exhibition @ Imperial War Museum

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What life was like for an Allpress

See what family life was like during World War Two through the eyes of an ordinary household. Until the 1st January 2013, you can visit a free exhibit at the Imperial War Museum, which explores the challenges at the home front for the Allpress family.

The Allpresses lived in Stockwell and, like everyone else at the time, were subject to rationing and evacuation. See how events like the London Blitz and VE Day affected their lives, and discover the courage, duty, and determination they and others like them were required to maintain, through the evidence of photographs and interviews.

The exhibition features a model house of the Allpress home, archived radio shows, film footage, posters, paintings, and a recreation of an Anderson shelter. The shelter was designed in 1938 and could hold up to six people and was made of corrugated steel panels.
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Why? See Wartime through the eyes of one family
When: Until 1st Jan
Phone: 44 (0)20 7416 5000
Where: Imperial War Museum
Cost: free
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