November 2019

Bawdsey Radar Museum wins top museum award

The team of volunteers who run this museum are delighted to have won the Suffolk Small Museum of the Year award for 2019. Some of the winning comments included noting that the museum has seen a complete transformation, with an outstanding exhibition presentation. Bawdsey Radar provides a fantastic visitor experience and the presentation of its galleries and digital content is of the highest standard.

High praise indeed for this small museum which is dedicated to the history and development of radar – an invention which helped Britain achieve victory in World War 2 and the Battle of Britain in particular.

Mary Wain, recently retired chairman of the Bawdsey Radar Trust, received the award from BBC Radio Suffolk’s Georgy Jamieson. Mary said: “This is the best possible prize for the incredible amount of hard work that has been put in over the last 15 years by the marvellous team of volunteers.”

Significant funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England enabled this transformation. The 1937 Transmitter Block has been conserved and brought to life by a talented team including FRR Architects, Concrete Renovations, Elliston Steady and Hawes, PLB and Fuzzy Duck exhibition designers and film makers.

     Mary Wain accepting the award from Radio Suffolk’s Georgy Jamieson
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Bawdsey Radar Museum wins top museum award