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Staying alive in London during WWII

Alice Allpress, whose experience raising a family in London during World War II is part of a permanent exhibit, is seen with some of her daughters in this family photo. “We were all so anxious to stay alive, we just sort of carried on,” one daughter recalled.  (Imperial War Museum London)
Anderson shelters were common in backyards of London homes during World War II. Some homeowners planted gardens on top. (This is not the Allpress Anderson shelter.)  ( Imperial War Museum London )
Visitors to the “A Family in Wartime” exhibit learn about the many challenges facing civilians living in England during WWII.  ( Imperial War Museum London )
A miniature replica of the Allpress home allows visitors to look at how the family lived. William and Alice Allpress had 10 children, eight of whom lived in the rowhouse during the war.  (Imperial War Museum London)
“A Family in Wartime,” an exhibit at London’s Imperial War Museum, includes a display showing how British families were required to “Make Do and Mend” to stretch clothing during the war years.  (Imperial War Museum London)
A poster warns Londoners to take cover during an airstrike during World War II. Trenches were built in parks for people to run to in the event of an emergency and tens of thousands of people would seek shelter in the city’s Underground railway stations.  ( Imperial War Museum London )
A poster reminding Londoners of rationing during World War II is part of the exhibit.  ( Imperial War Museum London )
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