Stories from the Past

Tracking Temperatures with the Tempscribe Thermometer

Tracking Temperatures with the Tempscribe Thermometer

As the weather gets chillier, both outside and underground, we decided that there was no better artifact to feature for the end of November than the Tempscribe Thermometer.  Produced between 1960 and 1990, the Tempscribe Thermometer is a chart reading thermometer...

The Tempscribe Thermometer

The Concrete Cores of the Diefenbunker

With August coming to an end, we would like to highlight one more artifact from within our collection for Archaeology Month. This blog post will discuss the concrete cores of the Diefenbunker and will examine their archaeological and architectural impact. ...

Rebar and the innerworkings of the Diefenbunker mid-construction.

The Atom Struck Tile: A Representation of Tragedy and Peace

  This past week marked the 77th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In commemoration of these catastrophic events, and in conjunction with Archaeology Month, we wish to highlight a relevant artifact in the Diefenbunker’s collection: The...

Atom Struck Tile pictured in open box. The Tile is inscribed and reads "Forgive and Forget."

Archaeology Month 2022

  August is Archaeology Month! Throughout August, we will be highlighting the archaeology of the Cold War as we unveil material remains of the past. Archaeology gives insight into history by voicing the involuntary (or voluntary) silence of the past. The Cold...

Historical image of large machinery digging and preparing the land where the Diefenbunker is to be built.

Spies Among Us: The 75th Anniversary of the Gouzenko Affair

“The Gouzenko affair crippled Russian spy efforts in North America for more than a decade.”-Vasili Mitrokhin (former KGB archivist) In the waning days of the Second World War, Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko was becoming disenchanted with the Stalinist regime;...

Photo of Igor Gouzenko

Marking 75 Years: The Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

“When the atomic bomb fell,day turned to night andpeople became ghosts.”Hatsumi Sakamoto, Third Grader,Hijiyama Elementary School, Hiroshima City, 1952 During the Cold War, people feared the devastating effects of nuclear war; many remembered the 1945 atomic...

Nagasaki mushroom cloud

Ever wonder how to heat and cool a nuclear Bunker?

. Did you know that there is no heating and cooling machinery inside the bunker to support day-to-day operations? The Bunker relies on the geothermal system from the earth around it for heating and cooling.Fun facts: The coolest day of the year inside the Bunker on...

Air conditioner

CFS Carp Winter Carnival

Every February, the nation’s capital hosts Winterlude, a festival to celebrate the best winter has to offer. The first Winterlude was hosted in 1979, but before then, Canadian Forces Station Carp (CFS Carp, aka the Diefenbunker) had our own way of getting out into...

Five people playing tug-of-war in the snow as a part of the Winter Carnival.

Artifact of the Month: The Blast Tunnel

The Blast Tunnel was designed to divert the force of an explosion away from the main part of the bunker. In the event of a nuclear explosion, anything inside of the tunnel would have been destroyed.Building the Blast Tunnel Laying the concrete floorThe finished...

Blast Tunnel descending into the background.

The Eames Chair

Written by: Mat Dunne   Are you tired of re-upholstering your old dingy couch? Are you fed up with bleh designs and mute colour patterns for your furniture? Are you looking for a non-flammable piece of military grade fiberglass to park yourself in? Well then, look...

Eames chair
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