Visiting the Victoria tunnels was a very interesting experience filled with historical facts that were local to our nearest city of Newcastle. We travelled 55 feet underground to where people were considered safe during times of bombing. We saw benches people sat on as they waited for the all clear and three storey bunk beds for people who managed to secure a more restful temporary stay. ARP’s monitored people getting to the Victoria tunnels and tunnel wardens patrolled them on a night ensuring people used them respectfully, issuing fines for misuse. (£5 )  The tunnels were long and always maintained a temperature of 12-13 degrees Celsius: toilets were located at the entrance and people sang, played the spoons and chatted to pass time. Luckily, we had individual torches to help illuminate out journey however we experienced time down the tunnel without light too – it was quite daunting.
We spent time in a classroom too where we discussed the time of a local guide called Walter who grew up in Newcastle who was aged 10 as the war began: he spent time in the tunnel and was also evacuated to Barnard Castle. By all accounts, he enjoyed his time of evacuation and lived with his brother and a very kind host. We found out about rationing, gas masks, the strap and cane, ARP helmets and Anderson and Morrison shelters. We were able to use replica items and try things on and observe and handle secondary resources linked to WW II. We had a brilliant time and learned a lot.