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WWII Loan Box One


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The Museum of Technology The Great War & WWII

Safety when handling old gas masks.

British gas masks of the Second World War pose a problem today, as many incorporated asbestos (both blue and white) within their filters. Although relatively safe when new, the asbestos may now be starting to break down, and might be expelled from the filters, especially if they are damaged or if the mask is tried on and air is drawn through the filter.

For these reasons it is not recommended that old gas masks are ever put on, by anyone.

The Museum has chosen to seal the filters on all its suspect gas masks, whether on display or used in handling collections. This stops them functioning but does not change their outward appearance.

Rosie Hourihane
Museum of Technology The Great War & WWII

1st Jun 2009

Design and Technology, History, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Resources for schools, loan box one containing a Babies Gas Chamber, a childs Mickey Mouse gas mask and an adults gas mask

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