Western Approaches

inside western approached map room

Liverpool’s top-secret underground WWII bunker played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic. Discover the stories and secrets of the British Armed Forces plotting to protect Britain’s sea supply routes and aid the Allied victory in this new online history lesson.

Our cultural partners at Western Approaches have been embracing all things lockdown with their incredibly popular “Lockdown Lesson” broadcast live on Facebook. Focused on World War Two this live class featured topics including wartime rations, life as an evacuee, coding, morse code and the history of Liverpool’s very own secret bunker.

Experience for yourself where commanders and personnel worked every day and night in the nerve centre of the Battle of the Atlantic. Here they monitored convoy routes and vital shipping lines, and pin-pointed enemy locations on a huge map; total accuracy was necessary to enable the Royal Navy to contact and destroy the enemy.

You can view a recording of the class online as well as access associated worksheets and links. The team are currently working on plans for more live lessons – keep an eye on the Western Approaches website to find out more. 

You can now take a 3D tour of the Western Approaches bunker…

To visit the Liverpool’s top-secret underground WWII bunker in 3D from the comfort of home, visit here, where you will be able to discover everything from the Map Room to the  Main Switchboard, and even Commander in Chief’s office!