Saving the Worldâ€™s First Operational Radar Station!
Bawdsey Radar wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for itsÂ Transmitter Block project
Bawdsey Radar has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of Â£1.4m as part of a Â£1.8m project to conserve the Transmitter Block building on Bawdsey Manor Estate in Suffolk. The Transmitter Block was built in 1938 and was a key building at RAF Bawdsey, the worldâ€™s first operational radar station.Â The major site construction work will start in September 2016 and an exciting new exhibition will open in September 2017 allowing all visitors to explore and find out about this pioneering radar site.
“We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this funding. The Transmitter Block has always been really well supported by local people. It represents such a key moment in our recent history that the community is really excited to feel that the building is going to survive and tell itsâ€™ unique story.â€
As well as plans for conserving the fabric of the building, Bawdsey Radar will be working to develop ways, physical and virtual, in which more people can visit the site and understand the importance of the radar heritage that the Transmitter Block represents.Â New displays within the Transmitter Block will tell the story of radar and its significance in WW2.Â Radar helped win the war by playing a vital part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and it is estimated the technology helped shorten the war by two years.Â An important part of the project will be providing opportunities for learning about radarâ€™s fascinating social and scientific history, and about how the early work at Bawdsey laid the foundation for our current age of electronics leading to inventions such as GPS, accurate weather forecasting, speed safety cameras and even the microwave oven!