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 £350 a year.

Morrison Shelter Instructions

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