Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940's.
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Metropolitan Borough of Stockport is consulting on a number of cost-saving proposals regarding Stockport Museums' servic...
04/10/2019
Museums Consultation - Page 1 of 7 - Stockport Metropolitan Borough Citizen Space - Citizen Space

Metropolitan Borough of Stockport is consulting on a number of cost-saving proposals regarding Stockport Museums' services; including reducing the number of Museum sites run by the council, limiting opening times, introducing charges and moving the Museum from the Market Place to Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery.

Please have your say by filling in the survey at the link below:

https://consultation.stockport.gov.uk/policy-performance-and-reform/museums-consultation-2019/consultation/subpage.2019-09-13.6972164171/

Find and participate in consultations run by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

We've had lots of enquiries about booking for Santa in the run up to Christmas, so finally we have the online link to, s...
02/10/2019
What's on guide

We've had lots of enquiries about booking for Santa in the run up to Christmas, so finally we have the online link to, share with you!

Have a look through the online Musuems What's on Guide and follow the booking instructions for your chosen activity!

Have fun!

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/whats-on-guide

Find out what's happening at our 7 museums in Stockport.

17/09/2019

**Tues 17th Sept: The Air Raid Shelters will be closing at 3.30pm today.**

Due to staff training all town centre museums will close at 3.30pm today. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions or would like to book on any of the Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours, please have a look at ou...
17/08/2019
Air Raid Shelters - Stockport Council

If you have any questions or would like to book on any of the Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours, please have a look at our Web pages and then call 0161 474 4449 to check availability. Thank you 😊

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Have you started the Frog Trail yet? Stockport Air Raid Shelters have our own frog! No. 17 Fanatical Frog! Come and say ...
29/06/2019

Have you started the Frog Trail yet? Stockport Air Raid Shelters have our own frog! No. 17 Fanatical Frog! Come and say hello!

Flecky Bennett Productions Stockport’s Staircase House Experience
06/06/2019

Flecky Bennett Productions Stockport’s Staircase House Experience

Flecky Bennett Productions believe it’s very important to keep amazing locations going and we are more than delighted to give 50% of all ticket sales to Staircase House & the Air Raid Shelters for their upkeep

26/02/2019
BEDLAM 2x06 Series 2 Episode 6 ''Reunion'' Final Episode Part 2/3

#throwbacktuesday (is that a thing?) to when Lacey Turner and the Bedlam team came to film at the Shelters - skip to 6mins 15 secs to see us pretending to be a haunted abandoned asylum cellar :-)

BEDLAM 2x06 Series 2 Episode 6 ''Reunion'' Final Episode Part 2/3 After a shock appearance from an unexpected visitor, Max and Ellie embark on a twisted and ...

Eagle eyed viewers of Cbeebies on Sunday will have seen our fantastic Education Officer Elaine and the children of St Jo...
14/02/2019
Treasure Champs - Series 2: 10. Remembering

Eagle eyed viewers of Cbeebies on Sunday will have seen our fantastic Education Officer Elaine and the children of St Joseph's school on a visit to the Shelters, learning about remembering :-)

Well done everyone! Its available on iplayer so go see the tunnels starring role :-)

Barry doesn’t know what to say when Kari reminisces about her grandma.

Together we will #walk1000miles
01/02/2019

Together we will #walk1000miles

So last night we had a walk of a completely different kind!
My son and I went on a ghost 👻 walk!
All underground in an air raid shelter exploring parts that haven't been open for over 80 years!
We didn't see any ghosts 👻 👻
But we did see an interesting dinosaur bone! 🦕 🍖
#Walk1000Miles #RedJanuary #StockportAirRaidShelter #FleckyBennett

#flashbackfriday to a 2013 photoshoot deep in the tunnels for @Stacey_L_Hill jewellery :-) not the usual outfit for a tr...
01/02/2019

#flashbackfriday to a 2013 photoshoot deep in the tunnels for @Stacey_L_Hill jewellery :-) not the usual outfit for a trip deep under Stockport!
https://www.instagram.com/staceylhill/

Portadown Post
01/02/2019

Portadown Post

Post Telephones - Part 2

We continue our research into the WWII Telephones used by the Observer Corps.

Although not in chronological manufacturing order, the AD1542 is the next ‘well known’ model of Observer Telephone.

For the rest of the article we will refer to it as the 'wartime economy phone'.

Wartime economy was a tactic of government during WW2 to simplify factory production to improve speed of output, and to save material by using cheaper /inferior woods and metals etc in order to save material that was in short supply for the war effort.
The wartime economy phone has a slightly simplified circuitry compared to the AD163, but it is essentially the same internally, just powered by different batteries. The construction is vastly different though. For a start it is smaller, and is made of pine that has then been painted blue. The wood is not nicely finished, and has a rough texture. There are no nice joints, rather it is crudely constructed using butt joints and nails. The metal hardware is also far simplified, there is no nicely finished metal locking cover over the headphone jack point - just a simple metal disc screwed directly into the wood. The hinges and catch on the door are also crude (but effective). The internal mechanism is held in place by a screw rather than a machined sliding bolt and there is no stamped name plate, instead it is simply stencilled with the designations. Also gone is the handle made from leather, its now made from canvas.

So far Ed and I have found one phone with a date on it of 'FB43/1' which signifies it was made in 1943, during production run 1 at the GPO factory in Birmingham. The phonetic alphabet label inside was also a clue as it was of the format that was in use after 1942, whereas the AD163 'early' phones have phonetic alphabet labels that were of the format used from 1921-1942.
There is also photographic evidence of the AD1542 'wartime economy' phone being used in the underground protected posts - so it is safe to assume it was used after the war, and probably up to the introduction of the AD3460 'teletalk' that was designed specifically for the underground monitoring posts in the nuclear age.

See the photos for details of the AD1542 'wartime economy model' post telephone.

Look out for part 3 at 1pm next friday, which will be published on the Cuckfield ROC Post Museum pages, where we look at the AD599 - a phone that up until recently we never even knew existed!

The Cuckfield ROC Post Page can be found here, give them a like/follow so you dont miss part 3!

www.facebook.com/cuckfieldnuclearbunker

Stockport Museums and Galleries
30/01/2019

Stockport Museums and Galleries

Our sites are open! Bramall hall, Staircase House, Hat Works and the War Memorial Art Gallery open at 1pm and Stockport Museum, and the Shelters are open now. https://goo.gl/5toKRU

We are open as normal today - an excellent day to be underground :-) Photo by Caren haf Morris
30/01/2019

We are open as normal today - an excellent day to be underground :-)

Photo by Caren haf Morris

The Friends of Flecky Bennett
26/01/2019

The Friends of Flecky Bennett

The Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience January 2019

Wellfield Junior School
25/01/2019

Wellfield Junior School

Going back in time for MuseumSelfieDay:-)
16/01/2019

Going back in time for MuseumSelfieDay:-)

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience
26/12/2018

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

Richard
09/12/2018

Richard

I would highly recommend Stockport air raid shelter museum very accessible very amazing staff and what amazing audible tour and I am blind and I would recommend it to people of all ages and families and people also with disabilities it is accessible and I am on YouTube and Instagram RBURNSWALLACE2226

last chance to get tickets for Feb :-)
08/12/2018
Ian

last chance to get tickets for Feb :-)

Join Flecky Bennett & The Tunnel Inspector inside the worlds largest Air Raid Shelter

Last Tickets Available For February 2019

Ian
08/12/2018
Ian

Ian

ONLY 10 TICKETS REMAINING FOR FEB 2019

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience
07/12/2018

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

Amazing Audience Photos From Last Night’s

The Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

This weekend, bring your #stocking (or #sock) and see Jangles the good fairy deep under #stockport #ww2 #airraidshelter ...
05/12/2018

This weekend, bring your #stocking (or #sock) and see Jangles the good fairy deep under #stockport #ww2 #airraidshelter child £7.50, concessions £6.50, accomp adult free. #Bookingessential on 0161 474 1940 can you find #fatherchristmas?

Stockport Council
09/11/2018

Stockport Council

This Sunday there will events taking place across Stockport to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1 that everyone is welcome to attend. Get full details of what is happening and how you can get involved as we remember at www.stockport.gov.uk/stockportremembers

Very pleased to add our newest item to the tunnels - a fantastic recreated ARP wedge made by Sue Catling Cat sew and so ...
08/11/2018

Very pleased to add our newest item to the tunnels - a fantastic recreated ARP wedge made by Sue Catling Cat sew and so :-)

Stockport Museums and Galleries
27/10/2018

Stockport Museums and Galleries

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will be at the heart of our WWI Centenary Commemorations.

Stockport Museums and Galleries
27/10/2018

Stockport Museums and Galleries

Our Stockport Remembers banners outside the Town Hall in preparation for our WWI Centenary Commemorations.

SAZ MEDIA
25/10/2018

SAZ MEDIA

Here are some pictures of today's workshop! Thanks for having us Staircase House and Stockport Museum, Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours and our Undertaker for the day Tunnel Inspector!

SAZ MEDIA
24/10/2018

SAZ MEDIA

Today's workshop we go exploring to Staircase House and Stockport Museum & Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours led by an Undertaker the Tunnel Inspector How terrifying! 🧟‍♀️👻☠️😱 Get your cameras at the ready 📸

Hat Works Museum
17/10/2018

Hat Works Museum

A lovely afternoon of eating together, sharing stories and hat-wearing. Huge thanks to Global Culture Connections who organised this event.

Stockport Museums and Galleries
16/10/2018

Stockport Museums and Galleries

As part of the 'Stockport Remembers 1918 - 2018' event marking 100 years since the end of WW1, a lantern parade will be held in Stockport Town Centre. If you would like to make a lantern and take part in the parade why not book onto one of our free workshops at Hat Works Museum, Central Library or Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. https://goo.gl/Wn32So

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience
12/10/2018

Flecky Bennett’s Stockport Air Raid Shelter Experience

Audience photos from last nights performance

No rain can stop tonights sold out Flecky Bennett ghost tour 😀 👻
11/10/2018

No rain can stop tonights sold out Flecky Bennett ghost tour 😀 👻

SAZ MEDIA
09/10/2018

SAZ MEDIA

8 places left on our halloween photography workshops, which take us on 2 exclusive tours with Tunnel Inspector to the Staircase House and Stockport Museum & Stockport Air Raid Shelter Tours #GetSpooky 👻📸😀

Also we will be creating out of this world light paintings and portraits at Merseyway Shopping Centre 🎃⚡📸

St. Paul's Crompton Street - Official
25/09/2018

St. Paul's Crompton Street - Official

Year 6 ready to learn more about WW2

quick guide to shelters by the fab Gabe Moshenska at UCL
10/09/2018

quick guide to shelters by the fab Gabe Moshenska at UCL

Its that time of year again, first Schools are coming back after the holidays :-) #evacuees #ww2
05/09/2018

Its that time of year again, first Schools are coming back after the holidays :-) #evacuees #ww2

Really pleased to receive these today - a case study from 2012 of the Shelters by renowned Air Raid Shelter expert Chris...
05/09/2018

Really pleased to receive these today - a case study from 2012 of the Shelters by renowned Air Raid Shelter expert Chris Rayner. Chris was a great friend of the Shelters and visited us many times before he sadly passed away.

Vintage photos of the Shelters.Copyright Stockport MBC, used with permission. Please do not post on other sites for prof...
22/08/2018

Vintage photos of the Shelters.

Copyright Stockport MBC, used with permission. Please do not post on other sites for profit but feel free to share as long as they are credited

Copyright Stockport MBC, used with permission. Please do not post on other sites for profit but feel free to share as long as they are credited.

On this day one year ago we were celebrating being in Mancunian Matters top five :-Dhttp://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/co...
22/08/2018
MM's top five historic Manchester hot spots | Mancunian Matters

On this day one year ago we were celebrating being in Mancunian Matters top five :-D
http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/200876863-mms-top-five-historic-manchester-hot-spots

City of football, musical capital and industrial hub – Manchester has many different guises. And whilst its angular architecture, tram lines and bohemian culture make it the cutting-edge urban hub it is today, it’s easy to forget the rich history that makes up the very fabric of this distinctive...

Thank you kevin - what a great find :-D
21/08/2018

Thank you kevin - what a great find :-D

Interesting cutting from April 1939

Stockport Council
16/08/2018
Stockport Council

Stockport Council

November 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One and we will be commemorating this important milestone with a series of public events as part of the ‘Stockport Remembers’ tribute. Find out more about what's planned.

all images copyright Stockport MBC
08/08/2018

all images copyright Stockport MBC

all images copyright Stockport MBC

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61 Chestergate
Stockport
SK1 1NE

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

0161 474 1940

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