This area of the museum shows the uniforms worn by Air Raid Precautions Wardens.
After World War One, it was predicted that in any future war
there would be large-scale bombing of the British civilian population,
resulting in huge casualties. In April 1937, an Air Raid Wardens'
Service was created.
In the aftermath of an air raid, the ARP wardens would often be first on the scene, carrying out first-aid if there were minor casualties, putting out any small fires and helping to organise the emergency response.
The wardens had a basic uniform consisting of a set of overalls, know as ARP 41 Overalls made of heavy weight blue cotton, wellington boots and an armlet, along with a black steel helmet, and small silver colored badge. Prior to the introduction of the overalls, wardens wore their helmets, armlets, and badges on their civilian clothes. Later in the war, the uniform changed to a dark blue battledress. The steel helmet had W for Warden in bold white writing across it, except for Chief Wardens who wore white helmets with black lettering.