RAF BARNHAM NUCLEAR WEAPON STORAGE SITE

Barnham Nuclear Storage Site (NSS) was active during the early part of the Cold War and was one of only two such facilities built in the UK to store the BLUE DANUBE free fall nuclear bomb. The nuclear storage site was built during the mid 1950s to maintain the BLUE DANUBE away from the V-Bomber bases as well as holding the 'second strike' stock should nuclear war break out. The other site was at RAF Faldingworth in Lincolnshire, which is also partially detailed on this site.

This is the Northern Explosives storage building, it would have housed the explosives used for the detonation of the nuclear bombs, this building was designed so a lorry could drive straight under the roof you see on the right of the building and be loaded using a crane on a RSJ. The lorry would then deliver the bombs to a waiting V bomber at the nearby airfield.

I photographed this site as part of a ongoing documentation of the Cold war and what is now left in East Anglia last summer and plan to carry on making work to make a full documentation of what is now left.