William and Alice Allpress married in 1907 and had 10 children together: Alice Mary, Jessie, Nellie, Eva, William Alfred, Harry, Betty, Gladys, Vera and John. They lived in Lambeth up until 1941, when, for fear of the Blitz, the family moved to Wimbledon.
Jessie’s wedding to Henry Spicer, 4 April 1936. Two of Jessie’s bridesmaids were her sisters Nellie and Eva. Parents William and Alice are on the right of the photograph. Jessie and Henry had a son, Colin, in 1938.
Several of the Allpresses remained in the family home during the war. Often, during the Blitz, they would all have to squeeze into the family's Anderson shelter together. Pictured here are Eva, William, John, Alice, Betty and Nellie Allpress.
Bill married May Wood on 6 December 1941. Bill’s eldest sister Alice Mary was married to May’s brother, Richard. Bill’s brother Harry took leave from the Army to attend the wedding. Parents William and Alice are to the left of the couple.
Cyril was an old family friend of the Allpresses and married Betty in 1946. Pictured left to right are Nellie, Cyril, Betty, Colin (Jessie’s son), Eva and Jessie.
John Allpress took this photograph of a family outing. Pictured left to right are Renee Allpress (John’s wife), Alice, Michael (Harry Allpress's son), Thelma Allpress (Harry’s wife), William and Harry with his daughter Carolyn.
Through the eyes of the Allpress family, A Family in Wartime tells the story of how ordinary people braved the challenges of life on the home front during the Second World War.
Tracing their journey through this time of uncertainty, the exhibition looks at how the Allpresses adapted to rationing, regular air raids and evacuation.
Personal photographs and interviews with family members help chronicle the Allpresses' wartime experiences as well as their lives in post-war Britain.
A highlight of the exhibition is a model of the Allpress family home. The model house includes taped windows, an Anderson shelter in the back garden and even a bomb disposal kit, and shows how life at home changed during the Second World War.
Families can discover more about life at home in wartime Britain. A range of films, interviews and radio broadcasts portray how the Second World War radically changed the lives of a generation.
This free exhibition tells the story of how ordinary people braved the challenges of life at home during the Second World War through the eyes of the Allpress family, who lived in Stockwell, London.
The Allpress family had to cope with rationing, evacuation, war work and events such as the London Blitz and VE Day, which shaped everyday life and the story of a nation.
Featuring a model house of the Allpress family home as well as photos and interviews A Family in Wartime brings this time of courage, duty and determination vividly to life.
Explore a recreation of an Anderson shelter, scan the airwaves for radio shows from the archives and discover more about life in wartime Britain through film, iconic posters and paintings from our collections in A Family in Wartime.
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