Concrete Castles: Britain’s War Defences of 1940

An art exhibition exploring Britain’s World War 2 defence structures, at Coleshill, the famous home of World War 2’s Auxiliaries

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Home of World War 2’s Auxiliaries, Coleshill, presents an exciting art exhibition entitled Concrete Castles: Britain’s War Defences of 1940. The exhibition, explores Britain’s World War 2 defence structures, especially pillboxes, that are found on the coast and in the landscape. Works by some 30 artists will be on display, including sculpture, paintings and photography, celebrate these unsung structures that we so often ignore take for granted.

In reaction to the threat of invasion by Nazi Germany in the summer of 1940, Britain hastily constructed 89,000 pillboxes around the coast and across the countryside and these have since been described as 20th century castles. While a few of the more impressive have been restored and are even tourist attractions and others are acknowledged through interpretive signage, some are long-forgotten and dilapidated. Many have become ruinous and half-hidden by encroaching nature.

Concrete Castles celebrates these small but iconic buildings that were designed to protect Britain in time of war. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue including essays on the war artists who painted the subjects when new, why contemporary artists are now drawn to them, and a short history of Britain’s invasion scare in the summer of 1940.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Buscot and Coleshill Estates

Prices

Mill & Bunker (combined ticket)
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £5.00
Child N/A £2.50
Family N/A £10.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Countryside free to access.

Admission prices apply to Coleshill Mill & Replica bunker only on open afternoons (cash only). Free entry to National Trust Members.

The basics

Suitability
Children are welcome.
Meeting point
Timber Store, Coleshill
Accessibility
Level access
Other
Admission to the exhibition is free.

Contact Info

Name
Liza Dibble
Email
liza.dibble@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01793 762209

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Concrete Castles: Britain’s War Defences of 1940

Tue 02 Aug 2022
10:00-16:00
An art exhibition exploring Britain’s World War 2 defence structures, at Coleshill, the famous home of World War 2’s Auxiliaries