In the second shelter, a poster reminds inhabitants of the small steps they can take to keep themselves, and others, in good health, through a series of cartoon images and rhyming verse. These tips include airing your bedding, washing regularly, cleaning your teeth, not wearing your coat to bed, and catching coughs and sneezes with tissues. This gives us an idea of the social conventions the government were trying to promote at the time, and the types of concerns that were arising from the conditions the populace were living under.
Another poster, published by the Medical Officer of Health for Coventry, promotes getting your children inoculated with clinics at the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, City Isolation Hospital in Whitley (named Whitley Infectious Diseases Hospital post-1934), and the Central School Clinic on Gulson Road. The change of name of one of these clinics dates the poster to pre-1934, meaning most likely it was a general health board poster still in circulation by 1939 and included for public information when the basement was converted to an ARP shelter.
Explore the details of the public health poster below: