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A Collaboration by Roxane Permar and Susan Timmins

Welcome to our web site for Cold War Projects, the umbrella name for our collaborative work based on perceptions of the Cold War on both sides of the Iron Curtain. There is a page for each project as well as news. We'll be adding pages as our work grows. Please contact us if you want to take part in our interviews or invite us to visit with our work or give a talk.


We aspire to develop work that we can share across cultural and political borders. We want to chronicle issues that ordinary people of both East and West faced during the Cold War. We also aim to include audiences of all ages in the questions posed by this period because we believe the Cold War holds relevant lessons for us today.


We are based in Shetland and, like other Northern communities, Shetland was strategically very important during the Cold War. There is evidence remaining throughout the islands of listening stations, bunkers and radar installations from this period.  Our interest in the role Shetland played in the Cold War has extended to our neighbours in the northern and Arctic regions. We are using different forms of art to explore the strategic role the populations of these communities played in relation to international conflict throughout the 20th century, with specific reference to the Cold War.  

Prototype of immersive geodesic dome created by Nordic Connections, a collaborative project between Shetland and Norway
Photo by Cold War Projects from Northern Exchange project in Iceland 2016
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