Anderson Shelters

Corrugated Iron - Market Place

The corrugated iron that was used in the war, especially in Anderson Shelters, was significantly thicker (heavier gauge) than that which is manufactured today - around 2mm thick rather than the current 0.7mm. And such steel is nowadays quite rare, so it would be a shame if it were recycled and melted down when no longer needed. But schools etc. sometimes want to rebuild old shelters as part of educational projects, and the owners of the surviving Anderson Shelters sometimes need to source the heavy gauge metal when repairing their shelters. This web page accordingly seeks to connect those who wish to dispose of old shelters and corrugated iron with those who might like to acquire or store it.

(If you want to buy or sell heavier gauge corrugated iron, you should also consider using eBay or Gumtree.)

Although the steel is heavy, individual pieces can usually be carried by one person - although two is better. And I have transported it in a Citroen Berlingo car/van, so I imagine that it could be carried in a wide range of estate cars and vans. But please do check dimensions and weights before committing to a long journey.

Please email Martin Stanley if you would like to be listed on this page. There is no charge but entries are automatically deleted after six months unless you email me to ask to extend the listing.

Shelters Available

Lauren Turner offers a shelter in good condition in her garden near Ipswich. She might be able to help dismantle it. (Listed April 2017)

Tipu Sultan has a shelter off Yardleywood Road, Birmingham, buried under trees and soil. (Listed December 2016)

Shelters/Iron Wanted

Laura Sandon-Webb is looking for an Anderson shelter or some corrugated iron to build one. She is the Deputy Head-teacher at Petworth CE Primary School in West Sussex and they are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the bombing of their local boy's school in September 2017. They would like to build a permanent memorial in their grounds with an Anderson shelter at the heart of it, and hope this will give the children the chance to see what it was like to wait for the bombs to hit. (Listed April 2017)

Carly Dodd-Hemingway wants to develop an area of her school garden and build an Anderson shelter for the children to use. She would be glad to hear from anyone who is looking to get rid of their shelter. The school is in Kendal, Cumbria. (Re-listed March 2017)

Gavin Conway is renovating a shelter in North London and would be pleased to hear about (and collect) any available corrugated iron panels. (Listed February 2017)

Sally Cutts is a volunteer at a primary school in Barnsley. She would like to acquire some corrugated iron so that the school can build a shelter. (Re-listed December 2016)

Jennie Lloyd is recreating a wartime garden and would like to acquire an Anderson shelter (in good condition) to help with this. She lives in Derby but travels frequently to Birmingham, and would be glad to travel further if necessary. (Re-listed December 2016)

Tyler Binge ( 07817 582 669) would like to acquire any part of, or complete or incomplete, Anderson shelters. He lives in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and is willing to travel. (Re-listed December 2016)

Amanda Benson says that "We are currently studying WW2 in our small village school near York. We would love to recreate an Anderson shelter in our grounds for the children to explore and have a real sense of being in one. If there is any available please contact me - with thanks". (Listed September 2016)

Mathew Britten is the Museum Learning Officer at the Langley Academy, the UK's only Museum Learning School. They are looking for a shelter around the Berkshire / London area (they are based in Langley, Slough) to construct in their primary school grounds as part of a community project and to support the children’s learning. He will be able to travel further if necessary. (Listed September 2016)


Martin Stanley