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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-04-11

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Western Approaches celebrates successful re-launch

FOLLOWING on from our report in our previous edition, Big Heritage about the re-launched, on Thursday, 26 October 2017, of Western Approaches, Liverpool's hidden WWII bunker, Big Heritage founder, Dean Paton, said of the opening:- "It's been a real challenge restoring a neglected military fortress to its former glory, but it's been incredibly rewarding too. The launch was a wonderful celebration of the team's hard work for this initial phase, but also, an acknowledgement to the courageous women and men who worked here during WWII. Their stories have been central to this redevelopment and, over the coming months and years, we're hoping to learn even more whilst we continue to renovate previously hidden areas of the building. It will some time before the other key phases of this extensive project are fully completed, but over the coming months we're hoping that we can gain feedback and real life recollections from visitors and incorporate their thoughts into the other stages of the renovation. This building and the military personnel who worked here, have sadly been forgotten for far too long. What we want more than anything is to restore the gravitas to this bunker and put its fascinating history on the global map as a leading WWII attraction."

Following the re-launch the renowned heritage site, on Rumford Street, is now opened to the public who can now explore some of the labyrinth of rooms, within the former bunker, under the City's Exchange Flags. Western Approaches will open 10am to 5pm, 6 a week, (except Wednesdays), all year round. Tickets are priced at ₮6.75 for an adult and ₮4 for a child. Concession prices are also available.

As part of the initial Phase of the re-launch; with lots more to follow over the coming years; the Big Heritage team of archaeologists, project managers and builders have recreated an entire underground 1940's street, complete with stocked sweet shop and dress shop.  Also community classroom facility is currently being installed and a range of interactive exhibits and attractions have been installed within the building to provide accurate details on the buildings former uses.

Western Approaches is now taking group bookings and will be implementing a School programme, designed to meet the needs of Key Stage 2 and 3 history students, within the near future.


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