This extraordinary and hitherto little known World War II Radar Transmitter is re-opening for selected days this autumn prior to full re-opening next year, following a major restoration project by the Bawdsey Radar Trust. This was a key site in defending the realm and in the development of radar. Established first as an experimental station and then becoming operational in 1939, it was the first of its kind worldwide. Its massive earth and concrete structure helped it to withstand at least 12 bombing raids. Equal resilience was shown by the operators, whose unique testimony has been recorded by the Trust for visitors to hear.
The restoration was supported by major investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Suffolk Coastal District Council and others, backed by AHF loan finance of £100,000. We also supported the Trust with a grants of just over £9,000 towards the development of the project, this work helping to underpin the successful case made to major funders.
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