Since we are at the very beginning of our project, most of our efforts are directed towards building a comprehensive research archive documenting Canada’s cold war bunker system. In addition, we’re thinking about different theoretical frameworks – on memory and nation building – that might help us to analyze the data. Here’s a small sample of what we are reading:
In the next couple of weeks we will be spending time at Canada’s Cold War Museum located in Carp, Ontario. This museum is the site of a decommissioned nuclear bunker constructed during the Cold War to be the relocation site for the federal government of Canada in the event of a nuclear attack. The bunker and Cold War museum have become more commonly known as the Diefenbunker.
There were plans for 11 nuclear bunkers to be constructed in Canada during the Cold War. However, by 1965 plans for a few of the provincial bunkers were suspended indefinitely.
Stay tuned for a comprehensive history of the bunkers…