Ayrshire museum receives funding boost from Ross and Liddell
Wednesday, 07 June 2017
A quirky educational facility in Skelmorlie has received a funding boost thanks to a financial boost from a Scotland-wide community funding programme.
Skelmorlie Secret Bunker has received funding from the Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme – a project which provides support to organisations all over the country.
The museum (which sits atop the bunker) uses educational materials to help members of the public learn about the work of the Royal Observer Corps during WW2 and the Cold War until final stand-down in 1995.
The funding received from property management company Ross and Liddell will be used for site management to improve public access to make the museum more accessible for everyone.
Volunteer Frank Alexander, 25 Group Royal Observer Corps association member, said: “The secret bunker is an important part of recent history and of Skelmorlie. It’s one of only two R.O.C monitoring posts in Scotland available for public access, and as it’s so unusual, it really helps to engage members of the public, and get them interested in the past role and responsibilities of the Royal Observer Corps.
“The site at the Meigle has just recently been improved for public access with a wet weather reception cabin and off-road car parking, and we are really looking forward to relaunching this important educational response.
“I would urge the public to come and see the bunker site and bunker for themselves on our guided tours – it’s fascinating and you will learn a lot.
“The funding is very much appreciated and it will help us welcome even more visitors.”
The Skelmorlie ROC Monitoring Post Museum consists of a restored underground Royal Observer Corps monitoring post and a surface cabin reception point. The museum is staffed by ex-members of the Royal Observer Corps who act as guides.
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its sixth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations all over Scotland that make a vital difference in their community.
Skelmorlie Secret Bunker is one of 32 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We’re very proud to be providing funding to groups all over Scotland in this year’s community bursary scheme.
“It’s so important that organisations like Skelmorlie Secret Bunker have access to funding as it’s vital that people of all ages get the chance to explore Scotland’s heritage in a way that’s fun and engaging.”
“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”
Notes to Editors
Property specialist Ross and Liddell is one Scotland’s most established property management companies.
As well as property management and maintenance, the business provides a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Employing 90 staff, Ross and Liddell now has offices in Glasgow city centre, Glasgow west end, Paisley, Edinburgh and Dundee.
For more information on Ross and Liddell services and property advice, go to http://www.ross-liddell.com/
Issued by Beattie Communications www.beattiegroup.com on behalf of Ross and Liddell.