Orford Ness: View of the 'Island' with Lighthouse, 1995
- Catalogue number
- Art.IWM ART 16590
- Art and Popular Design
- Production date
- Support: paper
- medium: charcoal
- Support: Height 569 mm, Width 773 mm
- Mount: Height 773 mm, Width 965 mm
- Alternative names
- object category: drawing
image: a view of a ramshackle building in the left of the composition alongside Orford Ness lighthouse in the upper centre. In the foreground is a pile of rubble or debris.
This is one of three drawings by Dennis Creffield depicting parts of Orford Ness, a large shingle spit on the Suffolk coast in Eastern England. This location was used for conducting secret military testing during the two world wars, including being used in the early experiments for radar. During the Cold War the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment used the site for 'environmental testing' of mechanisms of nuclear weapons. Buildings from this time remain on the site, including the distinctive-looking 'pagodas' depicted in Creffield's drawings. These were designed to absorb any accidental explosions, though it is maintained that no fissile material was tested on the site. As a site of internationally scarce vegetated shingle habitat, Orford Ness is now a designated National Nature Reserve, administered by the National Trust.
Dennis Creffield '95 (signed)
Associated people and organisations
- Great Britain GB
- Orford Ness, Suffolk, England, UK
- Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Orford Ness
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