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Emergency Shop

This is our new display for 2023. It portrays an Emergency shop, which was opened up by the Women’s Voluntary Service and Ministry of Food after air raids and sold mostly off-ration foods and emergency items. Our shop is in a building which has bomb damage (including the charred remains of net curtains!). Stocked with all sorts of tin food items, things made by WVS and things that would have been useful after a bombing, damaged tins and a few fresh vegetables. We have a 1940s till and shop scales to add to the feel of the display.

All items are priced as in 1941, in pounds, shillings and pence. We have worked out a conversion rate to modern day prices with help from the Bank of England inflation calculator.

Please click on the link below:

The Cost of Living

1941 was a very interesting time during the war for rationing, the start of lease lend items coming in from the USA and before strict points ration system came in at the end of 1941.

We are still working on this but it is well under way, something we do in the winter months, and hope it will all be finished for its first outing which will be a Tilford, village at war 29th-30th April.

More information and photos will be posted as soon as they are available.