Cold War Anglia is a public heritage project based at the University of East Anglia Norwich which aims to help local groups trace the impact of the Cold War on the region and on modern Britain. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of East Anglia during 2013-2014, but we hope that it will continue to provide a public space for discussion of the topic after that.
The Cold War was one of the dominant aspects of British life in the second half of the twentieth century. It helped to shape our contemporary world and we continue to live with its legacies. While the Cold War is often presented as a secret conflict, waged by specialists largely invisible to the general population, we believe that the front line of this ‘secret’ war should also be seen as Britain’s regional communities, both rural – where nuclear weapons sites, listening stations, airbases and laboratories sprang up next to small villages and at the end of leafy lanes – and urban, where the rapidly expanding armaments industry drove the development of new towns.