World War II Air Raid Shelter Found in Norwich

When workmen initially came to fill in a pothole at Bignold Primary School in Norwich, they were sitting on the cusp of a historic discovery. Instead of a mere pothole, they found they were soon faced with a flight of 12 steps descending into the 1940’s structure. Even though it was known that three such structures were built on the school’s foundations, this is the first time any of them has been discovered, and it is causing quite the stir.

Inspiration for Learning History

Some teachers are already taking inspiration from the discovery, with suggestions coming in about dressing up in World War II style clothing and staging a re-enactment of an air raid drill.

Other teachers have used it as a talking point for history class, using a PowerPoint presentation to compare it to older photos of the shelter, while others have launched writing competitions with the shelter as the starting point.

Whole School Abuzz with Excitement

While both the teachers and the pupils are eager to get into the structure and start exploring, as it is over 75 years old the place has been cordoned off until it can be marked officially safe to enter. The teachers are looking into using it for educational purposes while some more inquisitive students are looking at exploring the interior in the hopes of finding a hidden relic.

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