9 Places that Reveal the Hidden History of the Cold War

The buildings of the Cold War are some of our last physical links to this episode of our history. They bear witness to phenomena such as the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and the US, constant global surveillance, and huge expenditure on science and technology research as well as defence.Read more

Protected sites linked to JFK

Today marks a dark anniversary: the 50th year to the day since the assassination of the 35th President of the United States of America, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy’s presidency was of global importance, never more so than during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, and his assassination generated shockwaves that reverberate to this day. To commemorate his life I’ve chosen a selection of sites in England associated with JFK’s work and legacy, which have been protected under law byRead more

Protect and Survive: preserving Cold War heritage

In October 1962 the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. On the 14th October, United States spy planes flying over Cuba spotted sites being prepared for Soviet nuclear-armed missiles which could threaten large areas of the USA. To prevent further Soviet reinforcements, the president, John F Kennedy, ordered a naval quarantine of Cuba. How would the Soviets react? Would the United States attack Cuba?  Later, as newspapers reported the developing crisis, people on both sides of the AtlanticRead more