In 1914 Unst was thrust to the fore front of the defence of Britain and again in 1939. Unst’s strategic position as a lookout for the North Atlantic made it a hub for the Forces. Much information has been gathered from both Wars from people who were involved. Taking part in the Home Front project gave the impetus to gather further information about the role of Skaw in the Second World War.
In the early 1950’s the Cold War was causing concern and lead to the establishment of the RAF base at Saxa Vord in the mid 50’s. Satellite technology has made the station redundant, along with the people who were employed there. Work is in progress to gather information from that era.
The huge effects that these ’friendly invasions’ have had on a small island like Unst have never been assessed and the inhabitants are left to pick up the pieces of a shattered economy.