Bombing raids took a deadly toll on civilian populations during the Second World War. Yet the bombs were not the only hazard during a raid. The British government released a range of informative posters to educate people on how to stay safe.
Send children to the country
'Don't do it Mother - leave the children where they are'. A ghostly Adolf Hitler is depicted encouraging a mother to return her children to their home city in spite of the threat of air attack.
Don't forget your gas mask
'Take your gas mask everywhere', 1939. The fear of gas attacks against civilian population prompted the government to issue some 39 million gas masks by September 1939.
Shelter at home
'Shelter at home the new government steel indoor 'table' shelter is now available in this district', 1941. The Morrison shelter offered people the option to take shelter indoors rather than outside in an Anderson shelter.
Or go to a shelter
'Air raid shelters at night See the blue light - it means shelter at night', 1940.
Leave the clear-up to the experts
'Leave this to us sonny - you ought to be out of London'. Date unknown. This poster warns of the dangers of anyone other than an AFS firefighter attempting to clear bomb damage.
Wear something white
'The blackout - why not wear something white instead?' Date unknown.
Get your bike blackout ready
'Look out in the blackout', 1939. © Reproduced with kind permission of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents www.rospa.com.
Take care on the roads
'I've got 9 lives you haven't look out in the blackout there's danger on the roads'. Date unknown. © Reproduced with kind permission of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents www.rospa.com.
Wave something white to flag a bus
'A flashing torch is dangerous - wave something white to flag a bus'. Date unknown. © Transport for London. Reproduced by kind permission of London Transport Museum.
Be careful at night
'Go warily after dark and get there', 1941. © Reproduced with kind permission of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents www.rospa.com.
Count 15 before moving
'Wait! Count 15 slowly before moving in the blackout', 1939. © Reproduced with kind permission of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents www.rospa.com.
If you're bombed out ask for help
'If you are bombed out and have no friends to go to ask a policeman or your warden where to find your rest centre', 1939.