Lottie Cutcher, the person behind the instagram account, ‘colourisedphotographs’ has coloured photographers to show a more accurate picture of how people took shelter in the London Underground throughout the early 1940s.
In her own words, Lottie said:
I chose to colourise a series of photographs from the Blitz during World War Two. The original images are so interesting, and I find it surreal that people took shelter in all sorts of places whilst the war was happening around their homes. I hope that by doing this, I can reinforce that people over 75 years ago looked and felt just the same as we do today. Hope you enjoy them!
The Blitz was a bombing raid during 1940 and 1941, which happened almost daily. During these times, Londoners were encouraged to take cover in the stations and tunnels of the London Underground overnight.
The British government initially were concerned that people would be too afraid to leave the tube and would not come out through the day to help work towards the war effort.
However, many had nowhere to go, so they relented.
Around 150,000 people slept in the tube every night, a total of 177,000 people spent the night on the underground on the 27th September 1940.
The stations were far from safe, however. Thousands of people were killed from direct hits on the stations.
In March 1943, 173 people were killed in a crush at Bethnal Green station, after a woman panicked and slipped whilst entering the station via the stairs.
Some felt safer sleeping with the noise of the bombing above more muffled as they slept, so headed further into the stations and tunnels.