Brindle Royal Observer Corps Post Restoration Group

 

Volunteers wanted

 

 

 

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
    line conduits

  • 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

    work

  • planting gorse to help screen the site

  • making tea and refreshments for other

    volunteers

  • 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!