Nuclear War in the UK (112)

For almost five decades, the United Kingdom made plans for a nuclear attack that never came. To help their citizens, civil servants and armed forces prepared those in power a variety of booklets, posters, and how-to guides.

Taras Young is a researcher & writer who has produced a book, “Nuclear War in the UK”,  detailing much of this Cold War ephemera such as the infamous Protect and Survive guide, as well as fascinating lesser-known materials prepared for the United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organisation and the Royal Observer Corps.

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In today’s episode, we delve into Taras Young’s collection in an eye-opening look at the way Britain’s authorities reacted to the Soviet nuclear threat…


Taras’ Web site – Communicating the Unthinkable

Interview with Taras in the Guardian

Creative Review


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Cold war Museums

Portadown monitoring post in Northern Ireland

Cosford National Cold War Museum

RAF Museum Hendon

York ROC Group Control Bunker

Dundee ROC Group/Sector Bunker

Barnton Quarry

Other Preserved ROC Posts

Map of ROC Monitoring Posts