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Bawdsey Radar Museum

Address: The Transmitter Block, Bawdsey IP12 3AT, England
Phone Number: +44 7821 162879
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Bawdsey
Type: Museums
Owner description: This unique exhibition, with its interactive displays, tells the story of the "Invention that...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 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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