Thursday, 18 February 2010

A History of the World in 100 Sheds No 1: The Telemark Trapper's Hut

How a hut helped stop the Nazi A-bomb programme.
Norwegian Colonel Jens-Anton Poulsson who died on February 2 aged 91, led the local team who made two attempts at blowing up the heavy water plant in the province of Telemark, Norway during the Second World War. The first attempt failed, the second achieved its objective.

On the first mission gliders bringing commandos from England iced up and crashed. The surviving commandos were executed on Hitler's orders. With the Germans hunting his team, Poulsson led them into the mountains above the tree line. There they found an empty trapper’s hut that helped them survive the bleak winter conditions and to launch the next successful attack - a setback from which the German atomic bomb programme thankfully never recovered.

Another member of the team, Knut Haugland, died in December, the last living member of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a balsawood raft.

(Shedman's next project is World War 2 Shedman working with former evacuees and young people at Eastbourne Technology College.)

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A History of the World in 100 Sheds

I'm fascinated by the short 15 minutes audio profiles of one hundred objects through which the British Museum's Neil MacGregor is telling the history of the world on BBC Radio 4 UK. 

It got me thinking. You could tell the history of the world through one hundred of all kinds of things - bicycles, brooms or street corners to name a few.

But as this is Shedworld, I'd like your help to tell the history of the world in 100 sheds.

From Lao Tzu to Gillis Lundgren, the Abbé Marc-Antoine Laugier to the Unabomber, from the baby Jesus to Frank Whittle, let's have your suggestions for the sheds that have really had an impression on world history. There'll be a prize for the Top Ten entries. So start submitting your ideas now. Send a short description of why the shed was so significant and a picture if you can.