Mystery Object at The Heckington Show - July 2008

Written on Saturday 16th August 2008

Over the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2008 the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire had a mystery object on display. Visitors were invited to try and guess what the object was.

The mystery object is the Ground Zero Indicator (GZI) from the Trust's underground Royal Observer Corps monitoring post at Holbeach.

The monitoring post is one of many constructed across the country in the 1950s and 60s to monitor nuclear bomb explosions in the event of a nuclear strike. There were 46 such posts in Lincolnshire sited in clusters to allow the triangulation of plots, and reporting to group headquarters at Fiskerton. They were manned by volunteers. The posts were decommissioned in the early 1990s after the end of the Cold War.

The Ground Zero Indicator is a unit containing a set of four pinhole cameras facing north, south, east and west.

It was designed to record the position of a nuclear detonation. The four concave interior faces were fitted with special light sensitive papers to register the position and size of the fireball. It was positioned at the head of the post's entrance shaft.

To see pictures and learn more about this please visit Lincs Heritage site at:
http://www.lincsheritage.org/articles/item.php?articleID=6


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