Public lecture: An illustrated guide to Armageddon-Britain's Cold War

The future of the South West’s redundant nuclear structures from the Cold War will be up for discussion at a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 19 May.

Two decades after the end of the Cold War many of them are under threat.

Bob Clarke, an archaeologist, recently published The Illustrated Guide to Armageddon, a pictorial history of Britain’s Cold War, which is the basis of the lecture.

He said: “The Civil Defence landscape is a poorly recorded and understood aspect of the United Kingdom, too often the main conservation and archaeological effort has been directed at purely military sites such as airfields or coastal sites.

“If this is allowed to continue this small but important aspect of the latter half of the 20th Century is in danger of being lost. With it the image of the Cold War that made its way into popular culture, CND, Ban the Bomb, Nuclear Free Cities and the music and language that surrounded this, loses its context.”

Bob has worked in archaeological research for the past 16 years. He has lectured for a number of educational institutions and is a great advocate of public archaeology.

He has studied many aspects of Britain’s Cold War and has published a number of books on the subject. He is currently covering aspects of the 20th century arms race and their effect on the defence of the United Kingdom.

This will be Bob’s tenth GULP Lecture.

The lecture will start at 5:15pm and will be held in Lecture Theatre 8 West 3.22.

Other lectures in the current series include:

  • The history and development of Buddhism – Dr Robert Heath, 2 June
  • Poetry in motion pictures – Kevan Manwaring, 16 June

All lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the west car park at the Claverton Campus.

For more information see the Division for Lifelong Learning website, email Helen Redfern or call 01225 386587.

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