Bawdsey Radar Trust began life in the Autumn of 2003 as the Bawdsey Radar Group. Its formation came about following the opening of the Transmitter Block to the public one weekend in July of that year. Only a handful of visitors had been expected but amazingly 950 people turned up.
Bawdsey Radar Group was formed in Autumn 2003 at a public meeting held in Bawdsey Manor after the huge response from the open day in July. The Group decided to take on the challenge of the restoration and development of the Transmitter Block. In 2004 the block was included in the BBC2 Restoration series that featured Britain’s endangered historic buildings. Achieving fourth place in the final (only 5000 votes behind the winners) gave the site national recognition of its significance in our history.
Following this, a Heritage Lottery grant was obtained to complete an oral history project featuring individuals who served at Bawdsey. A play has been written based on these oral reminiscences and the Block has featured in the BBC “Coast” programme and “The One Show”.
In 2008 the Group became a Trust. Its aim is to conserve the Transmitter Block at Bawdsey, create a unique exhibition, educational facility and visitor attraction, to explain how Radar was developed, and the central role that Bawdsey and Radar played in saving our country during the Battle of Britain