In 2005 the centre secured funding from the lottery and Guildford Borough Council to introduce primary school children to wartime experiences from WWII. Henley Fort today is a Grade II Listed Building alongside the old 'Pilgrim's way' and provides an historical education facility and outdoor learning and development centre. Traffic permitting of course, but perhaps that will not be such a problem with petrol at six pounds a gallon." The Villagers Pub in Blackheath near Guildford are witness to an unusual nesting place for a pair of blue tits.
Close to Henley Fort is a high-tech landmark that can be seen clearly for many miles around. The fort located at the end of The Mount, overlooks 22 acres of open space for camping, has two bunk houses sleeping 20 people, a dining hall for 80, a Home Guard hut, air raid shelter and powder rooms. Today there are four masts bristling with all manner of transmitters and receivers providing services for users including television, radio, telecommunications and emergency services. Transmitter masts were first erected here in the 1950s on the ridge of the Hog's Back to provide booster signals for radio and television transmissions. the trial broadcasts will be received by homes in south west London.
The BBC have chosen the Guildford transmitters from where to start testing their introduction of High Definition (HD) broadcasts into the UK through the Freeview service.
The Henley Fort Young People's Enactment Society, which is aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, provides renactments of the activities of the West Surrey Regiment Volunteers dating to 1900.
The fort uses genuine wartime equipment including an air raid siren, helmets and decomissioned rifles.
Alongside is the underground Hog's Back Reservoir maintained by Thames Water.
The site, identified simply as 'Guildford 10101/140729' by the American-based organisation that currently maintains it, is secured by high-security fencing and 'anti-vandal paint'.
The children have the opportunity to experience roles undertaken by the Home Guard and the Air Raid Precaution service, and enables them to take part in activities such as air raids, bayonet charges, blackouts and roadblocks.