Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War

Royal Holloway, University of London and RAF Museum

This course introduced some of the major turning points in the history of Britain in the post-1945 era and considered how the RAF has been remembered through the Cold War and beyond, with the establishment of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford, the National Cold War Exhibition, and the erection of statues and monuments after 1945. The course used material from the archives of the RAF Museum to illustrate the Cold War history of the RAF; and was filmed on site at RAF Museum Hendon and Cosford.

6 weeks, 5 hours per week


Dr. Emmett Sullivan

Senior Lecturer in History

Royal Holloway, University of London


Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the RAF at the end of the Second World War.
  • Assess the role of the RAF as it developed in the early Cold War years.
  • Compare the RAF’s responsibilities with respect to Britain’s nuclear deterrent before and after 1968.
  • Debate with educators and learners Britain’s motivation in holding a nuclear arsenal in the Cold War.
  • Develop a knowledge of the Government’s strategy in procuring RAF aircraft from British industry.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of the RAF in an era of decolonisation overseas and with NATO.
  • Evaluate what the Government’s priorities were for the RAF in defending the ‘Home Front’ in the Cold War.
  • Explain why the Royal Navy were destined to deploy Britain’s nuclear deterrent after the Nassau Agreement.
  • Identify key turning points in the Cold War, and how the RAF responded to these.
  • Reflect on the way the public considers the history of the RAF through its museums and public monuments.


  • The role of the RAF in the early Cold War period;
  • RAF’s operations across the globe in an era of decolonisation;
  • Britain’s decision to develop a nuclear deterrent;
  • The development of the RAF’s strategic nuclear capability, the V-Force;
  • The role of the RAF in defending UK airspace;
  • The re-focus on NATO after East of Suez and the transfer of the strategic nuclear role to the Royal Navy;
  • The RAF’s contribution to NATO.

Issued on 17th January 2022

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From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War

Royal Holloway, University of London