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Our Treasures

Memories are important and those special items kept from the wartime years can often help stimulate them. Most people had some treasures to share that reminded them of not only the harsh wartime years but also the comradeship and sharing. Memories events were enhanced by those hidden treasures that helped us all understand more about those difficult times, how people met the challenges they faced and exactly what meant most to them.
Thankyou for sharing them with us. Some of the items in the slideshow have been donated to the museum collection.

General Ration Book issued in 1940

General Ration Book issued in 1940

Inside of Ration Book showing registered retailers

Inside of Ration Book showing registered retailers

Emergency Ration Card with some coupons removed

Emergency Ration Card with some coupons removed

Regular Unemployment Book issued to Annie Tuppenney in 1939-40

Regular Unemployment Book issued to Annie Tuppenney in 1939-40

Insurance stamp card with stamps to the value of 1s 4d attached. Issued in 1940

Insurance stamp card with stamps to the value of 1s 4d attached. Issued in 1940

Disabled person's registration card

Disabled person's registration card

1940 letter informing Mrs Tuppenney that her husband had been

1940 letter informing Mrs Tuppenney that her husband had been wounded

Pass issued to Mrs Tuppenney to visit her husband at Preston Hall Hospital for a month

Pass issued to Mrs Tuppenney to visit her husband at Preston Hall Hospital for a month

Wartime railway posters

Wartime railway posters

Ration Book and Clothing ration book (red)

Ration Book and Clothing ration book (red)

Identity card 1953-4

Identity card 1953-4

Wartime identity cards for an adult and under 16

Wartime identity cards for an adult and under 16

Royal Air Force Cigarette Card Book

Royal Air Force Cigarette Card Book

Cigarette Cards. Boys learnt to recognise planes by their shape and sound at school

Cigarette Cards. Boys learnt to recognise planes by their shape and sound at school

One of many popular wartime booklets on Making and Mending

One of many popular wartime booklets on Making and Mending

All sorts of ways were devised to keep people interested in 'Make do and Mend'

All sorts of ways were devised to keep people interested in 'Make do and Mend'

Sewing tips - how to re-foot a sock

Sewing tips - how to re-foot a sock

An identity card

An identity card

A treasured wartime photograph

A treasured wartime photograph

A treasured wartime photograph. Troops make their own amusement

A treasured wartime photograph. Troops make their own amusement

Landgirls at work

Landgirls at work

Every scrap of waste paper was saved for the war effort

Every scrap of waste paper was saved for the war effort

Information card.  A chart of war gases

Information card. A chart of war gases

Women's Land Army poster

Women's Land Army poster

A Dig for Victory poster

A Dig for Victory poster

A sheet of petrol ration coupons

A sheet of petrol ration coupons

A book of farmcraft assisted Land Girls and those unused to correct farming practices

A book of farmcraft assisted Land Girls and those unused to correct farming practices

How to milk a cow. A wartime farmcraft book

How to milk a cow. A wartime farmcraft book

A Civil Defence Corps Armband

A Civil Defence Corps Armband

Daily Telegraph Invasion Map, one of many produced by daily papers. This one cost one shilling (5p)

Daily Telegraph Invasion Map, one of many produced by daily papers. This one cost one shilling (5p)

National Dried Milk tin

National Dried Milk tin

Home Guard Pocket Manual

Home Guard Pocket Manual

Air Raid Precautions Manual

Air Raid Precautions Manual

Air Raid Precaution Sealing Tape cost 6d a tin. An X of tape on a window pane stopped glass splinters

Air Raid Precaution Sealing Tape cost 6d a tin. An X of tape on a window pane stopped glass splinters

Celebrating the end of the war.  Bunting from a street party

Celebrating the end of the war. Bunting from a street party

A baby's cumbersone gas mask suit

A baby's cumbersone gas mask suit

Special issue spectacles issued to a member of the Home Guard

Special issue spectacles issued to a member of the Home Guard

Wartime needlework classes were encouraged. This drawn thread tablecloth was made by Lily Garrett of Thornford

Wartime needlework classes were encouraged. This drawn thread tablecloth was made by Lily Garrett of Thornford

A child's gas mask and carrying case

A child's gas mask and carrying case

Sherborne Civil Defence Blouson close-up

Sherborne Civil Defence Blouson close-up

Wardens tin helmet and Sherborne Civil Defence Blouson

Wardens tin helmet and Sherborne Civil Defence Blouson