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Bawdsey Radar needs your help to raise funds for heritage museum

PUBLISHED: 12:17 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:17 25 November 2014

James Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust.

James Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust.

Bawdsey Radar Trust is taking to Twitter with a new fundraising campaign for an exciting project to preserve and develop the historic Transmitter Block, which was part of the world's first operational radar station.

James Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust. 
Ray HooperJames Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust. Ray Hooper

Bawdsey, on the Suffolk coast, was the chosen site for the development of radar during the Second World War and played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. Since that time it has been the starting point for many inventions that have changed the world – from missiles to mobile phones and microwaves, radar technology has been vital to them all.

Bawdsey Radar Trust, established in 2003, is currently raising funds to help preserve this little known building and its heritage.

The project has received Heritage Lottery Funding to investigate the work that needs to be undertaken to save the Transmitter Block, and to develop an exhibition and activitiesthat will make it a vibrant heritage attraction.

The trust is about tio submit a second stage application to the HLF for the majority of the £1.4 million required to undertake this work, but Bawdsey Radar needs to raise £300,000 from other sources to secure it.

James Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust. 
Mary WainJames Marston takes a look inside the transmitter block at Bawdsey Radar Trust. Mary Wain

As well as restoring and conserving the Transmitter Block – currently on the national English Heritage ‘at risk” register – the funding would provide a new exhibition to tell the story of radar, the people and events that saved a nation from invasion and changed the course of history.

The trust would also be able to increase opening times and provide modern facilities, develop educational opportunities, and activities for schools and community groups, and provide a fitting tribute to all those men and women who worked so hard for the nation’s safety and security.

To launch the campaign, the first 10 people to donate £25, or over, receive a private guided tour of the site with one of the experts from the trust.

You can donate direct on Bawdsey Radar’s website (www.bawdseyradar.org.uk) using the new donation link and follow the group on Twitter @bawdseyradar

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