Aldwych tube station, East London. 1940. The government initially tried to prevent Tube stations being used as air raid shelters. However, Londoners persisted and 79 stations were used as shelters. Aldwych station was closed and converted into a permanent shelter.
SHELTER PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN IN LONDON BY BILL BRANDT, NOVEMBER 1940. Shelterers sleep on the benches which line the wall of this London trench shelter. The shelter had been flooded due to heavy rain and a few boards have been placed along the floor to help shelterers avoid the puddles. In the background, the First Aid cabinet can be seen.