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“How they kept Britain safe!”

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Horning
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Air defence radar operations began at RAF Neatishead in 1942 and continued until 2004 when RAF Neatishead ceased operations and became Remote Radar Head (RRH) Neatishead. RRH Neatishead supplies engineering support to the radar at Trimingham. When operations at RAF Neatishead moved into the underground bunker in 1995, the Operations Room was left intact and it eventually became the centre piece of the ADRM. The museum has expanded considerably since its inception and the most common observation of the visitors is that they wished they had scheduled more time for their visit. There is so much to see, including presentations on the part radar played in the Battle of Britain, night fighter operations, the history of radar, Space Defence and the Coltishall rooms. Now visitors can see the once Secret Cold War Operations Room and have its secrets explained in detail. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the guided tours during which the Volunteer Guides tell the story and add a personal touch to the experience.
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Excellent if humble museum. No flash facilities but but everything available - parking, loos,cafe. Staffed by delightful volunteers, many of whom had experience of the radar when working. Lots to see and do including sitting in the cockpit of the Jaguar fighter jet!

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

One of the most informative places we have ever been
A wonderful place to spend 2- 3 or even 4 hours as in our case especially on a very cold April day.
Amazing place and the volunteers are so dedicated and informed
There is so much to see and look at and its a really tactile place.

Explaining in lay mans terms the way the defense of the country evolved through the wars and what it has become today the story of the radar is told by people who really are dedicated to the history of the site.
It is a must for anyone going to the broads
There is every thing there a small shop and a great cafe staffed with really nice people whose food is great and they make you so welcome.
We will go back again if only to listen to the stories.
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Radar_Curator, Manager at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2013

Dear Scowp, I was delighted to see that you enjoyed your day with us recently. I am particularly pleased that you have singled out the Volunteers who make this place what it really is. Nothing to do with the Manager – the Volunteers are the key!!!! We certainly enjoy telling people about this unknown bit of History, one that shaped modern Britain. And, of course, that History is still being made at home and abroad today by the RAF Air Defence organisation. Do visit us again when you are next in the area. Kind regards, Chris

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Neatishead was my last posting in the RAF. I left in 1977 and I just love going back now and seeing the operations room, it is such a good exhibit as it looks just like the last time I walked out of there. I now run a website for others that were in the same trade as me and when ever we have a re-union in Norwich we always go and have a visit back at the old site. The staff there are doing a wonderful job keeping it all alive for those of us that worked there and the visitors that come to see what we got up to whilst they were tucked up in their beds.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

At first it seemed it could be an ordinary wartime collection of bits but with the help of the guides, you are easily transported back to the intricacies of the Radar's contribution to the defence of England. The last of three sections, the cold war room, was a revelation even to us in our 70's. We did have the benefit of being shewn around this latter piece by the man who ran it and we came away feeling much better about the defence spending in that period!

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

my grandson is mad on things connected to ww2 he loved to see how radar worked and the layout of the buildings we had a great afternoon there

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Chris M, Manager at RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2013

Hi Marriyan, so glad your Grandson enjoyed his visit. Of course, we also cover Air Defence right through the Cold War (where we even have the old Cold War Ops Room as an exhibit!), right up to Ops today in Afghanistan and the Falklands where the RAF are providing radar cover where the lads and lasses are out on Duty. But really great he found it interesting. Do remember to visit the Muckleburgh Military Collection, Norwich Avition Museum and Flixton if you have not already been there, all of whom have great WW II collections! Hope you/he enjoys them too!! Rgds, Chris

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