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Bawdsey Radar

 

The Transmitter Block on the Bawdsey Manor Estate and its unique “Magic Ear” exhibition 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 and develop what became known as radar.  RAF Bawdsey became the world’s first operational radar station in 1937 and radar was pivotal to the Battle of Britain in 1940. Other displays feature the lives of the people who d operatored it. Women, as WAAFs, played a big role in this technology and as such were working on the front line during WW2.

 

In 2015 Bawdsey Radar was awarded a grant of £1.4 million for a project to conserve the Transmitter Block and develop a new exhibition within it.   The project has reached the point where work can commence on the fabric of the building.  This means the Block will close at the end of August this year (2016).  There will however be an opportunity to visit the Block on Sunday 11th September when it will be open as part of Heritage Open Day.  The Block will be completely empty but entry will be free and it will be a wonderful opportunity to get an idea of what it may heve been like in its original state and find out more about Bawdsey Radar's plans for it

 

Who to contact

Name
Mary Wain
Position
Chairman
Telephone
07821 162 879
Email
info@bawdseyradar.org.uk
Website
http://www.bawdseyradar.org.uk
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Address
PO Box199
Felixstowe
Suffolk
Postcode
IP11 1BQ

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Where to go

Name
Bawdsey Radar
Address
The Transmitter Block
Bawdsey
Suffolk
Postcode
IP12 3AT
Area served
Suffolk Coastal, Felixstowe
Venue Email
info@bawdseyradar.org.uk
Venue Website
http://www.bawdseyradar.org.uk
Parking available
Yes
Parking details
Parking is free.
Transport
Public transport to the Transmitter Block is not available. There is no bus service to Bawdsey from Woodbridge or to Felixstowe Ferry from Felixstowe
Restrictions to access
Please note: There is access to Bawdsey from Felixstowe Ferry via the foot ferry.
Notes

 

 

Enter IP12 3AT on your sat nav.

From Woodbridge the Transmitter Block is located off the B1083, one mile beyond Bawdsey village.

From Felixstowe access is via the Foot Ferry to Bawdsey Quay; from the quay walk along the B1083 towards Bawdsey village for approximately 1 mile.

Days & Times

Remaining Transmitter Block Public Openings 2016: Sunday 17th July, Sunday and Monday August 28th & 29th, Sunday September 11th (HOD)
Time of day
Afternoon
Session Information
12:30 - 16:30

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Per 4hr session
Cost Details
Adults: £4.00 Children: Free
Referral required?
No
Age Groups
Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
Accessibility
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access
Notes

 Group visits can be arranged, Tel: 07821 162879 or Email: info@bawdseyradar.org.uk

Service users involved in planning
Yes
Last Updated
04/07/2016

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