One of the changes that has been made, was to convert a storeroom into a new display area, part of which now shows a typical RAF "Y" Station from WWII. The rest of the room is devoted to the training of Aircraft Apprentices and Boy Entrants for Signals and Communications trades. In the early days, Apprentice training was at the Electrical and Wireless School (E&WS) and in later years at Nos. 1 and 6 Radio Schools. No. 6 Radio School came into existence briefly at Cranwell after the title No. 1 Radio School was transferred to Locking pending the transfer of Apprentice training from Cranwell to Locking. Boy Entrant training was carried out at many different Radio Schools over the years.
The Museum is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month. (Except January) For a visit at this time, there is no need to book in advance. To get a free entry ticket, visitors need to call at the Guardroom opposite the Visitor Car Park, and show a suitable photo identity document, a passport, driving licence or an over 60s bus pass. Opening times are 10-00 to 16-00. Advance booking is still required for visits at other times. (see below)
Visitors must bring Official photo ID for booking in at the Guardroom for all visits. A Passport, Photo Driving Licence or an over 60s Bus Pass is acceptable.
The Museum is also open to Groups and Societies by booking a visit in advance by calling the Curator on 01462 851515 ext 7997 (please leave a message and your telephone contact details and we will get back to you). Visits can be accommodated at most times by this arrangement. For local visitors, the Museum is normally open on a Tuesday afternoon and evening as this is the Museum Staff working day, however, visitors wanting to come at this time, must still call the Curator to book.
RAF Henlow History Books celebrating the Station's 90 year history are on sale to museum visitors at a very reasonable price and a very attractive Museum souvenir pen is also available.
Later aquisitions: A Marconi SWB8E transmitter, now nearly fully renovated, and a Transmitter type T77, which will need many months of renovation. Also new to the Museum are some WWII Luftwaffe radios and a Receiver Type R1084 and at long last the T1083. A Racal receiver type RA1772 in full working order, has also recently been donated. Restored items includes the T1509 HF Transmitter, now fully working and remotely controlled by the Control Unit CU310. A Marconi HR24 Dual Diversity Receiver rack, donated in 2007, has also been completely renovated and can be heard working. The Cabinet Type 20, mentioned above, has also been restored to working order; it is hoped that one day we may get it on the air using Amateur Radio frequencies.
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