Friday, 1 April 2016

RAF Barnham 1

At the end of February a group of us from Cambridge Camera Club visited RAF Barnham - a fascinating cold war nuclear storage facility in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.  It is now a privately owned industrial estate; but, because of its history, it is supported financially by English Heritage.  Keith Eldred, the owner of the estate, gave us a guided tour around the nuclear facility, starting with a state-of-the-art computer-generated reconstruction.

Some of the watch towers have been restored, including the 1kW lamps used as search lights.

The nuclear material was stored in lots of concrete "Hutches", each with combination locks and lead-lined holes in the floor.

Much of the exterior has been left as it was when the nuclear material was removed in the 1960s.

After a rather dark and gloomy afternoon, the sun came out just as we were getting ready to leave.  The last two pictures are a view of the site over the large water storage tank.