In 2005 Bawdsey Radar was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for an Oral History project to document the experiences of people whose lives were touched by what went on at Bawdsey. The project was called “Shout and Whisper”, which makes reference to the massive transmitted radar signal and its tiny reflected echo. The memories of more than 50 people associated with Bawdsey were collected and over 43 hours were archived. They are not dry technical accounts but vivid, lively, personal and often humorous reminiscences, which give an insight into the experiences of the people who developed and used Radar. The material is archived at the Suffolk and Essex Record Offices, the Second World War Centre in Leeds as well as the Imperial War Museum. There are also extracts on this website.
A booklet, together with a CD, has been produced with extracts from the interviews. There are some delightful memories about the “goings on” at Bawdsey and Felixstowe Ferry, with local characters remembered such as Charlie Brinkley and Albert and his bus. The book has been beautifully illustrated by a local artist, Mark Beesley, and has been printed locally.
Booklet with CD £7.50 incl. p&p