About this object

The direct hit on the large underground shelter in Durning Road, Edge Hill, was the worst single incident in the Liverpool Blitz as regards loss of life. This occurred in the early hours of 29 November 1940, during the heaviest air raid to date. About 300 people were tightly packed into a shelter in the basement of Edge Hill Training College in Durning Road.
When a parachute mine hit the building, it collapsed into the shelter below, crushing many of its occupants. Boiling water from the central heating system and gas from fractured mains poured in. Raging fires overhead also made rescue work extremely dangerous. In all, 166 men, women and children were killed. Many more were badly injured.

"My mother, from the trauma of that night ... never spoke for six months..."
Mr Joe Lucas, who lost two brothers and two sisters in the tragedy.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Durning Road, Edge Hill
  • Accession no.
    MLL.2006.34.213
  • Type
    Photograph, black and white
  • Artist/Maker
    Criminal Investigation Dept Studio Liverpool City Police
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Date made
    1940 - 1941
  • Materials
    Paper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    unrecorded
  • Related people
    Liverpool City Police (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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