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Western Approaches Museum
ON 27 October 2017, we had the honour
of attending the re-opening of Western Approaches Museum, a top secret bunker
that was built below Derby House, in Liverpool. This classified military
installation was hidden beneath an innocent looking building, behind Liverpool's
Town Hall, but despite being turned into a Museum for the 50th Anniversary of 'The Battle of the Atlantic,' awareness of its existence is
Meeting all the guests at the event, it is
good to realise that this bomb proof building, that was sadly partly demolished
and nearly forgotten is now getting the interest and support it deserves. War
is a terrifying prospect and saving locations like this help us all to remember
that. It is sad to think that unlike the Cabinet War Rooms, where the Prime
Minister, Winston Churchill had his hideaway, during World War 2, Western Approaches
has never gained the notoriety it should have had. It's 1 of just 5 sites,
within the UK, that had such an important involvement changing the course of our
nation's history, if not the World's.
The new team, run by the new long-term custodians, BigHeritage
are hoping to focus on exploring this extraordinary history, revealing the
true story along the way. They will have to spend years re-discovering the
secrets locked in time, within this maritime war bunker. We just hope that they can
get the support they need, but talking to the guests, it should not be that hard. It will also be interesting to see what other secrets come out, like the
bunkers Cold War connections that might be underneath at some point.
These are a few photographs of the pre re-opening event. For more information on
the venue and its long-forgotten secrets,
Please do take a look at our video with
Managing Director of Big Heritage, Dean Paton, who is 1 of the new long-term
custodians of this amazing World War 2 nerve centre, via clicking on this
If you want visit the bunker, they are now open 6 days a week, from
10am to 5pm, with last admission 4.30pm. The venue is closed on Wednesdays.
We would love to know your thoughts on this
undertaking. Please also share with us, if you have any information about the
bunkers 1940's wartime operations or even if you can help us track down any
surviving members of staff who had worked within it. Do you have any information
about what took place after the war in this Command Bunker, as again we would
love to know? If you want to support them, please email our newsroom or contact
Big Heritage directly. More information about the iconic Allied Command Bunker
can be found online. Also, you can follow them on Twitter.
Did you know Liverpool is full of abandoned
underground bunkers, hideouts, forgotten passageways, escape tunnels, disused stations and derelict industrial buildings? We even have a lake under Liverpool
and a river under the River Mersey... It makes us wonder just what other
abandoned or hidden things will be re-discovered and/or discovered in the
future. If you know of any, please do email our newsroom to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com and let us know.
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