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Press Release - 07 March 2006

Free public lecture on the legacy of the Cold War

Should we preserve the architectural legacies of the Cold War? Local people can hear about the surviving structures that mark the British landscape and ask whether these should be preserved at a free public lecture at the University of Bath (Wednesday 8 March).

It is now fifteen years since the end of the Cold War and like any conflict it has left its mark on the British landscape. In his talk The Cold War legacy: list it or lose it! archaeologist Bob Clarke will look at the monolithic concrete structures built to protect Britain’s infrastructure from first the A-bomb and, later, the much more powerful Hydrogen Bomb. With walls often two metres thick the monuments appear immovable, but they are fast disappearing from our landscape.

Mr Clarke said: “The spectre of nuclear war and the devastation that would bring spawned a new type of structure – the bunker. These were designed to protect the country’s infrastructure, rather than its population.

“Although they form part of our history, not many of these archaeological sites have avoided demolition. This lecture looks at the threat to their existence.”

Mr Clarke, QinetiQ archaeologist at MOD Boscombe Down, has just completed his first book on the Cold War and is custodian of several nationally important Cold War sites. He has also published a number of papers on wider archaeological subjects.

Admission is free, and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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