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HISTORIC HOPES: Stanmore museum fundraising to restore Cold War bunker

 Published on: 7th January 2022   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Bentley Priory Museum in Stanmore is kicking off the New Year with a new challenge: to raise enough money to commission the creation and installation of two new turning handles to its Cold War bunker’s door.

To mark 30 years since the Cold War ended, Bentley Priory Museum has been installing new interpretation at the former entrance to the Cold War Bunker at RAF Bentley Priory, exploring its important role within British air defence.

It includes interviews undertaken in 2020 with former RAF and ROC personnel who worked inside the top-secret bunker during the war.

A museum spokesperson explained: “With the bunker filled in when the RAF left the site, the imposing steel bunker door is an important physical reminder of the site’s Cold War history.

“Unfortunately, after the RAF left, one of the bunker door’s impressive ‘turning’ handles was stolen, and the other was so badly damaged it was rendered unrepairable.

“To return the Cold War’s Bunker door to how it originally was, we are fundraising to commission the creation and installation of two new turning handles which will reinstate this important historical object.”

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Photo credit: Bentley Priory Museum

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