Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker near Nantwich took visitors back in time during a ‘Soviet Threat’ event over the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020.
‘Soviet Threat’ was a living history event recreating how lives were lived by both Western and Eastern forces during the Cold War.
There was a display of military vehicles outside the bunker with Soviet Army Forces and British Army re-enactors keeping a check on each other and monitoring any possible nuclear attacks.
Inside the bunker there were East German border guard re-enactors and the Foreign Field Living History Group allowed people to step into the shoes of the President of the United States of America and play through the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Several re-enactors were interviewed for a forthcoming episode of the ‘Cold War Conversations Podcast’, produced in conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated by it.
Covid-secure measures were in place including track & trace on entry, social distancing, hand sanitiser, whilst indoors there was a one-way corridor system and mandatory face masks.
The event was organised by Lucy Siebert, the Museum Director at Hack Green Nuclear Bunker.
Hack Green is a 35,000 square foot underground bunker complex that was modernised in the 1950’s as part of a vast secret radar network code named ‘ROTOR’. It would have been the centre of regional government had nuclear war broken out. The site was declassified in 1993.