National Hospital Service Reserve helmet, England, 1949-1968

Made:
1949-1968 in England
maker:
Unknown

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"National Health Service Reserve" civil defence helmet, white-painted, formerly used by Farnborough Hospital staff, English, 1939-1945

The National Hospital Service Reserve (NHSR) was founded in 1949 and staffed by volunteers from hospital professions, such as doctors, nurses and first aiders. The NHSR was part of the Civil Defence services first established in the 1930s in preparation for air raids that were expected to be part of any future war. After the Second World War, the emphasis shifted to coping with the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

The NHSR closed in 1968 when the Civil Defence services were disbanded.

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Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1988-606
Materials:
canvas and metal
type:
helmet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
credit:
Farnborough Hospital

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