Morrison Shelter Facts

Here are some facts about Morrison shelters, or, to use its official name, the ‘Table (Morrison) Indoor Shelter’.

  • The Morrison shelter was designed by John Baker and named after the Minister of Home Security, Herbert Morrison.
  • The shelters came in kits which could be assembled (bolted together) in the home.
  • Morrison shelters were 2 metres in length, 1.2 metres in width and 75 cm tall. It was designed to be slept under at night and used as a table for the rest of the time.
  • The shelter had over 350 parts, but mainly consisted of a steel top (like a table top) and wire mesh sides (one of which could be lifted open and acted as the door).
  • The Morrison shelter was not designed to survive a direct hit from a bomb, but it was really effective at protecting people from the effects of a bomb blast.
  • Over 500,000 Morrison shelters were made and they were given free of charge to families who earned less than Β£350 a year.

Morrison Shelter Instructions

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35 Responses to Morrison Shelter Facts

  1. I LOVE THE WAR, I LOVE TO KNOW THINGS ABOUT THE WAR I WOULD LOVE TO BUILD MY OWN LIFESIZE SHELTER, BUT I MIGHT BE JUDGED:/ GOOD JOB!

      • I am hoping that you mean you love finding out about the war. The war in England was very frightening. You went to school and you never knew if you would be alive when it came time to go home and you never knew if you were going to have a home and a mother to welcome you home. Where we lived we had factories making munitions and aircraft al with in a mile and a half of our home, we had ack ack guns running up and down the railway which was less than a 150 yards away. Anyone who loves wars just do not realise the horrors or dangers it brings to everyone.

  2. Love to read about all the types of shelter.
    In my back garden are 2 Anderson Shelters which have been raised to ground level and bolted together to make a nice but unsightly metal shed.
    It is till in very good condition and really we are lucky to have not one but 2 of these shelters.
    It is only coincidence that my name is Anderson but who knows? could have been a relative for all I know.
    I live in Leicester and anyone who wants to have a look for educational purposes then please get in touch.

    Thanks for reading
    Graham Anderson

  3. I was born in a Morrison shelter in 1945 with V1 rockets falling about the house. My mother said it was a bit cramped and scary with her, my dad and the doctor in it.

    • I am 76 and can remember when I was about five sitting in our Morrison shelter at Manor Farm, Brington, Huntingdonshire during a German raid near Molesworth airbase. I was with my mother and young sister and during the panic getting into the shelter my mother set fire to my sisters hair ! Luckily she managed to smother it and put it out.

  4. We had an Anderson shelter, I remember going into it during an air raid, later, when the Anderson was always flooded, we had a Morrison shelter which we had to share with our neighbours. Four adults and five children in a space of 2M x 1.2M. I wonder what Health and Safety would say about that today. We were not a bunch of mollycoddled kids in those days.

  5. Dear James and everybody who have shared their thoughts,

    I’m very grateful for this information! It helped me understand the life in World War 2.
    At school I watched a video and it showed how people saved their lives by sleeping and sometimes
    even living in underground tube stations! The USSR (now known as Russia) where my grandparents
    are from, people hid during the bomb attack in underground shelters.
    Thanks again for spending your time on making this website.

    Yours Sincerely

    Nicole

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  7. When I was about 5 years of age I was in a Morrison shelter when a bomb exploded about 100 or 200 metres from my home. My father and mother were sitting by the fire in the sitting room where the shelter was and they were just about to drink a cup of tea before going to bed. The bomb made a very loud noise and the ground shook violently causing a large amount of soot to fall down the chimney and fill the room. I remained safe in the shelter even though we were all covered with the black soot which even filled the cups of tea my parents were about to drink.
    For me, worse was to come next day when I was taken for my daily walk and found that the bomb had destroyed my sweet shop.

  8. this has helped me a lot thank you very much for the awesome website I can finally see a light through all this darkness of my homework thx

  9. The design for the Morrison shelter was by John Baker (later to be the Lord Baker) who I had the honour of working with in the 1980’s – I remember well his take of meeting Churchill and how he playfully poked the young engineer into n the ribs as he unveiled the design of the Morrison Shelter.

  10. My house in Scarborough was completely destroyed by a bomb which the firemen said had gone through my bed. We were in a Morrison shelter in my Grandmother’s house which was next door. This house survived apart from scorched wallpaper. We watched the house burning and an aunt who tried to get into the house was blown about 20 yds when a second explosion occurred. I was very lucky that night particularly as the raid was on March 18th 1941 i.e only a few after the shelter was installed.

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