Dara McGrath


Dara McGrath

Project Cleansweep


Taking its name from a Ministry of Defence investigation issued in 2011, that assessed the risk of contamination at sites in the UK, which were used in the manufacturing, storage, and disposal of chemical weapons for the last 100 years, McGrath explores this landscape of contamination of chemical weapons that are inextricably linked to biological weapons. The images take us into the countryside when over 4,000 sq km of the landmass was appropriated for military use in the 20th century. 

In this extract presented at here from the project, he explores the former chemical weapons storage and disposal site at Harpur Hill in Derbyshire.

'In 1940, Harpur Hill was the biggest chemical weapons reception and storage depot in the UK. Up to 46,000 individual chemical weapons were stored on the 500-acre site and the surrounding countryside. Massive, wholesale burning of chemical weapons took place there immediately after the war and where its legacy still remains'.






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