RAF Henlow

Signals Museum

The Signals Museum has been a Station facility since 2000. It came from an idea of Air Commodore Mike Davison, who was the Station Commander and RAFSEE Commandant at that time. As a Group Captain, Mike Davison had been Station Commander at RAF Locking a few years earlier and knew that a new home was needed for a small collection of early radio and navigational aids when Locking closed in 1997. The task to rehome this collection was given to Sqn Ldr Howard Newbould, OC SSS at the time. The redundant Catholic Church, formerly in Bdg 104, next to the North Gate, was allocated to house the collection and Howard subsequently became the first Curator.

Signal Museum Large Transmitter Since then, the collection has grown and the museum now houses one of the largest collections of early RAF radio equipment in the country. Many of the items are on loan from the RAF Museum. Dating from World War 1, everything is displayed on a time line which shows how equipment was developed over the years. Most of this development was, not surprisingly, in World War 2. Due to space requirements, the collection does not extend much beyond T1154 Transmitter the end of the 1960s. Many items of the equipment have been restored to working order and can be demonstrated to visitors. The museum receives research enquiries from all over the world and the team are proud to have helped many serious researchers in their work.

The museum is open every Tuesday when most of the volunteers, mostly retired RAF or MoD civilians who run it are there. Volunteer New volunteers are always welcome to join the team. Visitors from outside would need to book but everyone else is welcome to drop in at any time. Public open days are on the first Saturday of every month, except January. Visitors, on production of official photo ID, are issued with a special Social Pass and entry is free, visitors on these open days, do not need to book in advance. Donations are always welcomed from our visitors, as the museum is not officially funded but some of the money donated goes to Station Charities.

The museum contact number is 01462 851515 Ext 7997, a message can be left if required. The current Curator is Alf Fisher. Y Service Room

The museum also houses the RAF Henlow Amateur Radio Club and a special station, GB4SMH, is on the air most Tuesdays and open days.

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