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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 August, 2003, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
Rocket project gets cash boost
Blue Streak project
The exhibition will include photographs of the rocket project
A project exploring the legacy of Britain's Blue Streak rocket programme has been awarded money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Blue Streak was the rocket tested at the RAF Spadeadam base in Cumbria, during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

It was initially designed as a launch vehicle for medium range ballistic missiles and to put satellites into space, but the project was shrouded in secrecy.

Now a permanent archive about the project will be created at the Tuille House Museum, in Carlisle.

The 49,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used to fund a project officer to research and develop a multi-media exhibition.

Archive photographs

Research at Spadeadam contributed to Britain's developments in nuclear and space science.

The site itself was awarded "Scheduled Cold War Monument" status by English Heritage.

A Blue Streak exhibition will be held at Tuille House in October.

It will include photographs and recordings of people reminiscing about the project.

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