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RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

Former RAF base established for air defence during the period of WWII to the current Cold War Period

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Description

The end of the Cold War means that the secret world of Air Defence is open to public scrutiny. The Museum traces the history and development of Air Defence Radar since its invention in 1935 right up to today’s defence of the UK and British Forces abroad. The Museum, originally called the ÔAir Defence Battle Command and Control MuseumÕ, was officially opened in 1994 once the underground Bunker was re-commissioned after a fire in 1966. Only 5 rooms in the main building were available and the Museum was only open to pre-booked groups who had to enter the Museum via the main RAF Neatishead gate. All work and tours were conducted by a small group of volunteers. In 1997 the Museum became a charitable trust and the Chair of the Board of Trustees was designated to the Officer Commanding RAF Neatishead.On the 1st January 1999, the Air Force Board Standing Committee decided to agree to a new name for the Museum, the Air Defence Radar Museum and granted us permission to use RAF in the title signifying the very close links the Museum has with the Air Force. Unfortunately, this did not provide funds. Also in 1999 the shop was re-located, a new entrance opened and an additional 6 exhibition rooms opened. In the background, a bid was made to the Museum and Galleries Commission for Registration to conform to national standards of collection and visitor care. Full Registration was granted in 2002.

Pricing

Adults £12; Child and Student £6, OAP £10

Opening Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays 10am-5.30pm

Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Accepts Groups
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Cafe on site
RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
Birds Lane
Neatishead
NR12 8YB