Air raid sirens first sounded the warning in London in September 1939.
They became an almost daily part of life in the capital a year later during the height of the Blitz.
When people heard the siren they would stop what they were doing and make for a shelter.
These might be Anderson shelters constructed from corrugated iron which were built in gardens, or Morrison shelters which were constructed indoors.
In London many people crowded into tube stations and spent the raid underground.
Often daily life would continue within the larger shelters - for example, children continuing their lessons inside their school shelter.
A collection of programmes to download as mp3 files at any time. 2013-2014 now added.
Spring 2014 podcasts available from 14/01/2014. Never miss a programme!
Commemorate the outbreak of WW1 by staging our specially-written play 'Archie Dobson's War'.
Our new abridgement of Michael Morpurgo's moving WW1 story 'Private Peaceful' begins 17/01/2014.
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Notes to support the programmes are simple to print or download as pdf.