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Hi guys, as some of you might now I am a volunteer worker at Drakelow so I thought I would give you the information first along our volunteers press release. On a personal note I am absolutely gutted, there are so many good people who have given up a lot of their own time, money and resources to help restore this historical site. Just as the possibility of getting the museum open was coming into grasp it feels like it might all be taken away by this news. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-25124814http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-25124814 Drakelow Tunnels Volunteers Press Release: Thanks for reading
This was an organised trip, essentially we crashed in on Sub Brits day as organised for us by Tommo who then ended up not being able to make it himself. Visited with Frosty, Fortknox and a non member. This place has a massive history, it started life in WWII and was originally constructed as a shadow factory for the Rover car company who were at the time manufacturing engines for the Bristol Aeroplane Company. During the 1950s and the growing Cold War, the site was initially used by the Ministry of Supply for storage. Then around 1958 part of the site was developed by the Home Office as a Regional Seat of Government (RSG9). Under later Home Defence schemes the bunker was designated a Sub-Regional Control (SRC), Sub-Regional Headquarters (SRHQ) and finally Regional Government Headquarters(RGHQ). The site was greatly modernised in the early 1980s, only a small portion of the site was designated for use. New blast doors were fitted in place of the previous wooden factory doors and the interior of the site was refurbished in the areas forward of tunnel 4. Today Drakelow is in the hands of a preservation group that was formed when the site was under threat of development. Work has been going on to try and bring some areas of the tunnels back to their former glory, indeed they have got one of the original generators powering some of the place and providing lighting in parts. Was a great place to see, and so many interesting bits to look at. Bathroom area in the old Rover Factory Parts of the more modern section. I didn't take many photos of this bit, it was quite bland really. BBC Studio Generator while it was running, was a bit of a beast to say the least. Cold war Kitchen The older Kitchen area. Parts of a telephone Exchange Tunnel 4. Thanks for looking. Maniac.
Frosty posted a topic in Underground ExploresHi all just thought id put my pics up quick while i have a chance before i go back to work , was a really really epic place, big thanks to tommo (28DL) for hooking us up with this one! Permission visit, but a tenner for the run of the whole place for the whole day was well worth that! Visited with Maniac, Fortknox0 and Callum, plenty of history for drakelow at www.monkton-farleigh.co.uk, sorry no time to write it all . Too many picture opportunities in here!! its so beautiful!! ^^ BBC studio ^^ Conference Room ^^ Original Generators Cheers for looking, it really is a beautiful place!! Frosty.
klempner69 posted a topic in Military SitesHidden in the slopes below Solcum Aylesbury hillfort are a remarkable network of Second World War tunnels. These tunnels are laid out in a grid pattern and extend over three miles in length. They are the largest surviving part of a wartime complex which was built in 1941 as a â€œshadow factoryâ€ for Birminghamâ€™s Rover works. The purpose of such â€œshadow factoriesâ€ was to provide secure manufacturing facilities for aero engines, this would be used in the event of cataclysmic enemy bombing of industrial targets or even in the event of invasion.Visited with Tommo and Engineer. Well,that was a sample of Drakelow Tunnels, Many thanks for looking.