RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

A registered Charity No. 1058887

The Birth of the Museum

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 ‘Air Defence Battle Command and Control Museum’, 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.

The Museum Today

Today, the Museum is an independent Trust and the

Chairman of the Trustees is Air Chief Marshal Sir

John Allison RAF, who is also our Patron. Running

the Museum is the Manager, Beth Condie. 

She is supported by a team of dedicated Volunteers

most of whom have worked at Neatishead at one

time or another or have very strong links to the

Base.  Without the dedication and expertise of the

Volunteers, the Museum simply would not exist. 

They are totally dedicated to the aim of the

Museum which is “to provide a focal point for the

heritage associated with the air defence of the

United Kingdom and in particular all elements of

the command and control (C²) organisation

associated with it”.

This once secret world has a substantial amount to offer the general public about the history of a specialisation the Royal

Air Force has hitherto kept under lock and key and which has little public recognition.  So, why not visit us for a great day

out?  Over 6,000 a year do!

The Birth of the Museum

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 ‘Air

Defence Battle Command and Control Museum’, 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.

The Museum Today

Today, the Museum is an independent Trust and the Chairman

of the Trustees is Air Chief Marshal Sir John Allison RAF, who is

also our Patron. Running the Museum is the Manager, Beth

Condie. 

She is supported by a team of dedicated Volunteers most of

whom have worked at Neatishead at one time or another or

have very strong links to the Base.  Without the dedication and

expertise of the Volunteers, the Museum simply would not

exist.  They are totally dedicated to the aim of the Museum

which is “to provide a focal point for the heritage associated

with the air defence of the United Kingdom and in particular all

elements of the command and control (C²) organisation

associated with it”.

This once secret world has a substantial amount to offer the

general public about the history of a specialisation the Royal

Air Force has hitherto kept under lock and key and which has

little public recognition.  So, why not visit us for a great day

out?  Over 6,000 a year do!

RAF Air Defence Radar Museum

A registered Charity No. 1058887