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Air Defence Radar Museum now in Private Ownership
09.08.2012 at 09:15:23
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RADAR MUSEUM IN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP  Smiley Cheesy

The hugely successful RAF Air Defence Radar Museum celebrates a significant milestone in its’ history today after ownership of the site is transferred to the Board of Trustees from the Min...istry of Defence (MoD). The transfer comes after successful negotiations with the MoD. Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt, Chairman of the Trustees, was absolutely delighted. “This transfer of ownership ensures the long term future of this museum as an unrivalled record of the tremendous role the RAFs Air Defence organisation has played in preserving the security of, not only the United Kingdom since the late 1930’s, but our Armed Forces wherever they have operated around the world. Indeed, the significance of Air Defence today has been graphically highlighted as part of the extensive security preparations for the 2012 Olympics”.

Commenting on the sale, Flight Lieutenant David Chalmers, former Officer Commanding of Remote Radar Head Neatishead, and who was responsible for the final handover of the site today said “The completion of the sale is excellent news and provides the museum trustees with the freedom to continue their important role in preserving the history of Air Defence security within the United Kingdom. We in the Royal Air Force wish them all the best for the future”.

The Manager and Curator of the museum, Chris Morshead, who worked very closely with the RAF to ensure a seamless transfer, is looking forward to the future. “As an accredited museum with the Arts Council, independence means that we have for more flexibility to improve the museum whilst preserving the historically significant buildings which house the growing collection of artefacts, photographs and documents. Being ex-Forces myself I am keenly aware of the value of such an amazing museum”. He continued, “The volunteers, who make this museum so popular with all our visitors, have been working tirelessly taking over aspects such as the routine maintenance of the site. While volunteer retention is excellent, I am particularly keen to encourage more local people to join ‘their’ museum as a volunteer. We have so much more we could offer our visitors and this is a brilliant opportunity for local people to become involved with this amazing place.”

The Museum is fully open for the Summer and details of opening days/times and how to get there, as well as details about becoming a volunteer at the museum, can be found at www.radarmuseum.co.uk.
  
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