Friday, 12 September 2008
It is heritage weekend once again, where buildings that are usually closed to the public, are opened and special tours are laid on.
I went on such a visit today. My destination; the Chilwell Army Depot, otherwise known as Chetwynd Barracks.
It began life in 1915 as a bomb making site, then moved into military stores, including vehicles. Nowadays it has been drastically reduced in size, but still serves an important role in the British Army.
Back in 1918 a terrible explosion happened in one of the bomb making buildings. Over 150 people were killed. No one really knows what happened. Some think enemy agents, saboteurs or disgruntled employees. It just might have been an accident. My photo today is the memorial that was built in their honour.