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Pathé: Want a fallout shelter?

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip, to tie into the launch of our Cold War exhibition and season of events, is ‘Want a fallout shelter?’ – a short film showing fallout shelters on sale in Deal, Kent in 1962.

With this film, students could consider:

  • The film opens with ‘at last there is a firm that’s taking the manufacture of anti-nuclear shelters seriously’ – what does this suggest about public opinion of the safety measures on offer?
  • What supposedly makes these shelters superior to American versions?
  • A small child is shown looking at the shelter, why is it important to say ‘the juveniles’ approve?
  • How many people does the shelter house? What resources does it seem to have?
  • Why does the narrator mention the World War?

This film could be used in connection with our themed collection on ‘Sixties Britain’, our topic site on ‘Cold War’ or as an introduction to our Cold War exhibition here at The National Archives before a Cold War workshop suitable for Key Stages 4 and 5.

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