The Cold War nuclear command centre has re-opened its three tonne blast-proof doors after an extensive restoration programme was undertaken during its Winter closure. The refurbishment programme coincides with the Secret Bunker’s 20th anniversary celebrations this year.
The Bunker opened to the public back in 1994 following it’s official decommission in the late ’80s as the result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. The bunker has gone on to be one of the major tourist attractions in the St Andrews area.
As part of the numerous improvements to the attraction, visitors can now see the remodelled British Telecom room and the specialised equipment which was needed to feed almost 3000 phone lines into the bunker.
James Mitchell, managing director at the attraction, said: “We felt it was time for a fresh look at how everything was being presented and we’ve invested in a series of information screens throughout the museum which will help bring the bunker to life for our visitors, in addition to our audio tour which explains the history of the bunker in full.
“We’re also very excited about being able to extend and show off areas of the bunker that may have never been seen before.”
Recently a whole host of television programmes marked 30 years from when we were, literally, on the brink of a nuclear war. Since the bunker only opened to the public 20 years ago, people are amazed at just how recent and real the threat was, and just how prepared we were. welcoming tens of thousands of visitors through its blast doors every year.
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