Welcome to the Western Heights Preservation Society
October Open Weekend 2014
The Western Heights Preservation Society will be holding its second annual Open Weekend on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014. As usual we will be joined by re-enactors representing historical periods from Napoleonic through to the Second World War. The Drop Redoubt will be open (entrance fee of £5 per adult; accompanied children are FREE) and the Grand Shaft staircase will also be open free of charge.
Inside the Redoubt will be the popular Casemate Cafe selling hot and cold drinks as well as delicious homemade cakes and throughout the weekend visitors will be able to see displays and drills by all the re-enactors.
Come and join us for our last opening before we close the Drop Redoubt up for the winter. We will be open between 10am and 5pm on both days.
Our Open Days, presentations, guided tours and talks all help the Society to raise public awareness of the Western Heights in the local area and our ongoing research helps us to better understand the development of the Western Heights throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Western Heights together form the largest Napoleonic fortress in Britain and were an essential base for the British Army throughout the nineteenth century. They are an excellent example of British defence from the Napoleonic period right through to the Second World War.
WHPS has focused very strongly on the Drop Redoubt; so far this is the only structure we have been able to open to the public. The open days proved to be very popular , but there is so much more to the Western Heights than the Drop Redoubt. In future years we hope to open up the North Entrance for the public to see. It is close to the Redoubt, but had a very different structure and purpose. The Western Heights have been a target for vandals for some time, and North Entrance is no different. Graffiti and arson have only added to the neglect North Entrance has suffered over the decades and we have got a huge task on our hands to clean this part of the Heights up. The ditch is very overgrown and two of the water tanks situated in the North Entrance were filled with spoil from the construction of the road in the 1960’s, which cut directly through the ditch linking the Redoubt to North Entrance. There is a great deal to be seen in North Entrance, including gun rooms, rifle galleries, and many original features that give an excellent idea of what it would have been like to defend North Entrance in the nineteenth century.