The Royal Signals Museum
A true gem nestled in the beautiful countryside of North Dorset, The Royal Signals Museum traces the fast-paced and complex history of The Royal Corps of Signals from its origins in “C” Telegraph Troop, Royal Engineers and its contributions to every major conflict since WWI, right up to the challenges its personnel face in an age of sophisticated digital warfare. The Museum also traces the wider story of military communications from ancient times to the present day. For those with curious minds, there are so many reasons to visit…ever wondered how secret agents were trained in WWII? What was life like as a Secret Agent with the SOE in France and what equipment did you have to help you escape… if you were caught? Why were pigeons so important to the British Army? What was it like laying cables under fire on the front? What was Enigma and why was it so important? The answers to all these questions and more can be found at The Royal Signals Museum!
Based in Blandford Camp, the Museum offers the unique experience to “rub shoulders” with serving soldiers and after two successful lottery bids the exhibitions are modern, high tech and interactive. Visitors can drive an armoured vehicle through a virtual landscape, guide a laser beam, “direction find” the enemy, set up a satellite network, learn about encryption and practice Morse code.
The Royal Signals is not just about communications – in fact, this is just the tip of the iceberg! How do you intercept enemy transmissions? How can you jam radio traffic or block potential IEDs? What are Electronic Warfare (EW) and Electronic Counter Measures (ECM)? What is Cyber Warfare, what are the threats and how can we protect ourselves? There is only one place to find out – at the Royal Signals Museum!
Children will love the hands on activities and prize winning family fun trails and the whole family can enjoy some refreshments at the Comms Cafe. Plus, the Museum boasts a popular, well-stocked shop with a wide range of books, souvenirs, toys and clothing featuring the Signals Badge and Corps colours. At only £22 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) the museum offers amazing value and hours of entertainment. From code-breaking to Cyber, espionage to Electronic Warfare, spies to satellites…the Royal Signals Museum has it all!
Please remember: Adults (16+) must bring ID as the Museum is in the middle of a military camp!
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