ormer top-secret WWII & Cold War naval base may become a museum

Wales is potentially expecting a brand new national museum after discussions on what to do with a former communications base used by their navy in the Second World War as well as the Cold War. The site was originally highly classified, but these new plans would open up the building to the public. If the plans go through, then the new national museum will concentrate on the important role the nation has played in international affairs.

The location in question is the Criggion Radio Station. The site’s importance to communications had at one point landed it a prime position as a target of Russia’s nuclear arms program, establishing the sort of international significance to which the national museum will pay tribute. During the war, its purposes were kept largely classified. Its importance to communications was obvious from the sheer site of the building, part of which consisted of three radio towers and three masts, all of which measured several hundred feet in stature.

The station was primarily said to have been used in favor of the Royal Navy to deliver offensive orders against the Germans. The massive towers were used to communicate with military bases as far aware as the United States. It is now known that the future national museum site has been visited and utilized by such important figures as Margaret Thatcher, and has been behind orders to destroy famous enemy ships such as the German Bismark, the Wales Online reports.

There is hope that the renovation of the old station will lead to stronger economic times for the region. At present, there has been difficulty in contacting the current owners in order to establish more specific information on the sale. Implementation of the national museum depends highly on this exchange of information. Until then, it cannot be said for certain that the plans will go through.

The national museum is highly desired at the former communications center, as the site has been lying fallow for a good many years. The sooner that the purchase of the station can be negotiated, the sooner it can be restored and turned into something new and beneficial to the community. It is believed that the seller will have revealed the winning bidder for the site around or before the end of June, so the public will not have long to wait before discovering the fate of the former radio station. If the national museum is indeed built, it is expected to introduce new waves of tourism to the area.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE