Brindle Royal Observer Corps Post Restoration Group
What is it?
During the Cold War in the1960s to 80s,
a network of over 1,000 small underground
bunkers were built to monitor the nuclear
fallout if a nuclear bomb had been dropped
on Britain. We’re restoring one of these
locally to the state it would have been in
just before it was decommissioned in the
early 1990s. It’s been quite badly vandalized,
but with your help, we’re confident we can
restore it and preserve it, so that future
generations can see what it was like – and
act as a reminder of the disaster we came
close to in the not too distant past.
You’ll be very welcome if you’d like to help.
We’re still sorting out exactly what needs
doing but some of the jobs you could help
with are shown overleaf. We have access
to a large pool of specialist expertise who
know lots about the technical aspects of
these bunkers and in some cases, can help
us replace the missing equipment.
A significant part of the project will be to pass on knowledge so that it isn’t lost to the future.
We need your help – and you might learn something interesting.
You can get in touch by ringing Michael Prescott on 01257 265748 to find out when our next work day at the bunker is, and how to get there.
What needs doing?
The sort of jobs that you might be involved in could include -
making the site secure from future damage by removing the damaged fence and replacing it with a more secure one
rebuilding the damaged concrete surface features – ventilation shafts and access hatch fittings
mending and reconstructing some of the metalwork mechanisms and fittings – ventilator
covers, hatch springs, communication
stripping off the damaged insulation from inside the bunker
cleaning the smoke damaged walls and ceiling
cleaning up the mess left by vandals, inside and outside the bunker
sorting out the fittings that can be conserved and re-instated and replacing those that can’t be fixed
or have gone missing
documenting progress on the site
helping make grant applications to
fund the conservation/replacement
planting gorse to help screen the site
making tea and refreshments for other
preparing written and digital material to make the post visible
and accessible to the community (without having to climb down the ladder or make the post too obvious a target for more vandalism.)
interviewing and recording the memories of the people who manned or were involved with this and other bunkers like it
- and lots of other jobs we haven’t thought of yet!