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Address: The Transmitter Block, Bawdsey IP12 3AT, England
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+44 7821 162879

This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of...

This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of the "Invention that Changed the World". It reveals how scientists, engineers and technicians came together at Bawdsey in the 1930s in total secrecy to prove that radio waves could locate aeroplanes, ships and other targets. Bawdsey became the world's first operational radar station in 1937 and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain in 1940. The display features the lives of the people who developed the technology and the radar operators, mainly women (WAAFs), whose dedication helped to bring victory in WW2. See website for opening dates and times.

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This is a great day out for anyone interested in scientific innovation and historical links to the second world war. You can just feel the history.

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Graham W
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a great day out for anyone interested in scientific innovation and historical links to the second world war. You can just feel the history.

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Reviewed 18 July 2016

This is a niche museum not necessarily for everyone, but should appeal to those interested in history, scientific discovery and invention, warfare (prevention) or anyone with an enquiring mind interested in increasing their knowledge. The museum is run by enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers. There is a lot of information and materials on display (more than I imagined there would be) including... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

It was a rainy day, so we decided to visit the Bawdsey Radar Station. There were some interesting exhibits, however, it is very basic. The cafe was a lady offering paper cups of coffee etc.in a small corner, there is no seating at all.There are only a few chairs in the whole building and a video which lasts 40 minutes... More 

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Usa, Japan
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

the museum was Assam and i learned some new thing from this place my kids and my friends enjoyed a lot if you visit england please don't miss this place

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Reviewed 6 April 2015

Called in today, having read about the museum before. We we're not disappointed. A fantastic resource. Very friendly staff, well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Radar is a complex technology to explain to a layperson. But this museum does it superbly well. The information displays are well researched, well written, well interpreted, well presented and follow a logical sequence. My knowledge of radio is quite elementary, but I found it not too difficult to grasp not only how radar works but also how it developed... More 

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Lovely drive down to Bawdsey through rural Suffolk. You can see why they chose this location back in the 30s, in the back of beyond, hidden away on a country estate. We were met by a very enthusiastic volunteer who gave a pleasant welcome and quick introduction to the site and what they are aiming to achieve. As a result... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We caught the traditional foot passenger ferry (max 12 people, £3 return) from Felixstowe Ferry and landed at Bawdsey. The Manor is a public school and is not open to the public, but in the grounds is the Radar Museum. We had a 1/4 mile walk along a small road to get there, but there is ample parking if you... More 

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