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Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelveden Hatch secret nuclear bunker was originally built to house up to 600 military personnel, civilians, and potentially the government, in the aftermath of a nuclear war. Built in secret in seven months in 1952-53, its primary task, should it have been used, was to organise the further survival of the population.

As the tension of the cold war eased, the bunker became a drain on finances and resources, costing around £3 million per year to run on standby. After being decommissioned in 1992, the site was bought back from the government, and now operates as a tourist attraction.

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Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hall Lane, Kelvedon Hatch (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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