Kelvedone Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker
Students had the opportunity to assess the impact of the Cold War and the growing fear of a nuclear attack emanating from a Hydrogen Bomb attack.
The students now have a greater perception of the conflict between the two blocs of communism and capitalism/democracy. At the Bunker the learners were also able to learn the needs for such a bunker to accommodate the Queen, the Prime minister, other Ministries / the importance of communications during war period as there is the BBC room to communicate through radio to the nation of the precautions /dangers and post attack measures. They also learnt that each Borough and District had by law to have such a bunker during the time of the Cold War. Students were also able to handle / manipulate different historical artefacts, soldiers’ uniforms, masks, helmets, hand alarms etc. which enhanced their interest in the study of the subject.
Prior to the trip a reinforcement session was carried out to maximise the learning outcomes and a follow –up of the trip will follow in linewith the different conflicts –Berlin Wall Crisis and the Cuban Missile Crisis. All the safety precautions were taken and no incident occurred during the trip. An initial feedback showed a very high level of satisfaction from the participants.