York Cold War Bunker (English Heritage)
English Heritage's most modern, most unusual and perhaps most spine-chilling site, 'No. 20 Group Royal Observer Corps HQ' is the semi-subterranean bunker which would have monitored nuclear explosions and fallout in the Yorkshire region. In service between 1961 and 1991, the Bunker's control rooms display 'colour psychology decor' together with original monitoring and communications equipment. Decontamination rooms with air filters and special sewage ejectors were intended to seal off the 60-strong workforce from the devastated outside world. A guided tour, enhanced by a striking 10 minute film (PG rated) and interpretation, tells the story of the Cold War's 'Mutually Assured Destruction.'
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Museums at Night Cinema & Tour: Goodbye Lenin!
An unusual opportunity to see York Cold War Bunker at night, with a special screening of 'Goodbye Lenin!' Experience the end of the Cold War in this tragicomic film, screened in the atmospheric Cold War Bunker.
See how the bunker would have functioned during a nuclear attack in an introductory tour!
Goodbye Lenin: Cristiana is a committed Socialist. Seeing her son brutally attacked by police in communist East Germany is so shocking it causes her to have a heart attack. While she is in a coma, the Berlin Wall crashes down, Germany is reunited and the world she knows is destroyed. Convinced the shock will kill her, her family go to elaborate lengths to disguise the collapse of Communism.
In German with English subtitles, rating 15.
£10 (English Heritage members £8).
To book please call 01904 646940
Cold War Cinema
In this special family session, learn how to make your own pinhole camera, experiment with photosensitive paper and get hands on with our cold war collection.
- Family friendly
Pinhole Camera Family Activity Day
Discover how simple photographic technology was used at York Cold War Bunker during the Cold War, and experiment with light to make beautiful images to take away! Visitors can also handle objects from the collection, as well as seeing the living quarters of this Cold war relic.
Part of CBA's Festival of Archaeology.
£3 (English Heritage members: £1)
To book call 01904 646940.
Hot War, Cold War Discovery Visit
Explore the development of the nuclear arms race and discover the role of the Royal Observation Corps nuclear bunker in the Cold War. This unique self-contained bunker is a time capsule of the 1960s-1990s. In the event of a nuclear strike, 60 people would have lived in it. Led by a knowledgeable guide, visit the dormitory and operations room, handle original artefacts and view a short audio-visual presentation with footage of the period and films focusing on life inside and outside the bunker during the 1960s-1990s. An essential visit for GCSE Modern World!
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 3, 4, AS and A level History
How to obtain
Call 01904 646940 to book a 1½ hour session. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19519 for more information.