The Drakelow Tunnels were excavated into a wooded hillside near Kinver in Staffordshire between 1941 and 1942. They were originally dug as an underground shadow factory for Rover, who were at the time producing Meteor Tank engines derived from the re-engineered Merlin III aircraft units but without the supercharger for the war.
The labyrinth of tunnels stretches between 3 and 4 miles and was equipped with offices, dorms, workshop areas, communication facilities and everything else required. During the Cold War, a portion of the tunnels was fitted out as a RSG (Regional Seat of Government) and this continued to be adapted until the 1980s. After this the site was sold to a private buyer and the Drakelow Preservation Trust set up to try to protect the tunnels from further damage, or complete destruction!
Since 1993, the Drakelow Tunnels Preservation Trust, have been restoring the entire complex to its original condition to become the largest Cold War Museum in the UK. It also the largest underground space in the UK open to the general public.
Open days and private tours are conducted of the WWII Rover Shadow Factory tunnels, 1960’s RSG and 1980’s RGHQ Nuclear Bunker through out the year. The complex is also available for filming, training and private functions.
The owners are now appealing for help in loacted period items and furniture to help preserve the history of the site and bring iit back to its original layout as a museum and visiters center.
If you believe you may be able to help with items please contact them at the Drakelow Tunnels Website