Volunteer Opportunity: Tour Guides Required for School WW2 Air Raid Shelter

Tour Guide at Take Shelter 

Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 0930 to 1130

Take Shelter is a not-for-profit immersive museum at Downs Junior School that frames what life was like for children in Brighton during WW2.

Throughout the academic year schools can book visits to the shelter on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 0930 to 1130. We accept school groups of one or two classes. Note that we also offer adult/family tours during our open days in the Brighton Fringe.

During school visits, class groups alternate between two sessions:

  1. A workshop led by 4 senior volunteers who all remember life as children during WW2.
  2. A guided tour of our original WW2 school air raid shelter.

The underground shelter was built in 1939 and designed to protect 300 pupils during air raids over Brighton. The shelter is hidden under the existing playground has been filled with rare local pictures, 1940s displays and a number of films and audio clips. The result is an immersive experience that transports visitors straight back to the 1940s.

For each school visit we require three volunteer tour guides to each lead one group of 10 children (from Y5 or Y6 along with their adult chaperones) around the shelter. Full training will be provided and once trained, volunteers are asked to opt into as many or as few sessions as they choose.

Note that in line with school safeguarding policy volunteers will need to complete a DBS clearance with the school office.   

How to apply