“Defensive Constructions in the British landscape”- by Richard Brine


70 years after the Second World War there are still over 6,000 defensive structures nicknamed “Pillboxes” due to their mostly hexagonal shapes, left along the British coastline. Partly forgotten and often ignored, the old pillboxes and defensive emplacements built across Britain in 1940 and 1941 represent and record an extraordinary achievement. In the space of just a short number of months thousands of these buildings were built across the country in a desperate attempt to prepare for the very real threat of German invasion.

Photographer Richard Brine has documented the structures in a series of photographs called ‘Defensive Constructions in the British landscape’ – “These small, obscure buildings have a poetic importance, combining and encapsulating many themes that still have the power to arrest and engage us. They are poignant reminders of many aspects of our own identity and national character and their increasingly vulnerability, after so many years of ‘service’, lends them a particular pathos.”