18 May – This was part of Museums at Night, which I found out about thanks to Diana, who sent me a clipping of new things to try. Somewhat disappointed by the fact that most of the ‘at night’ events finished before 8pm, but very excited about the venue for a great cold war film. Martin couldn’t believe he’d grown up in York and never known there was a cold war bunker http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/york-cold-war-bunker/ especially as it isn’t exactly inconspicuous (shouldn’t a cold war bunker be a bit more discreet than this?) Expecting a bit of a tour, we were rather surprised at being sat down in front of a documentary on the cold war, complete with chilling images of the after effects of a nuclear war. Was this meant to be entertainment? A tour of the operations room came next. Sombre faced, we waited to be awed by the technology and knowledge that went into protecting us all from nuclear disaster, only to be faced with equipment that looked like it had been put together in a metalwork class. By 12-year olds. With monitors and dials created by the weaker students. Then it was back to the chilly underground cell that was the cinema, to watch Goodbye Lenin – love this film!
Marks: 10/10 brilliant venue, brilliant idea.