A brief history of the museum
Eighty years of showcasing The Royal Corps of Signals
The Museum in its new form was re-opened on 28th May 1997. Situated on Blandford Camp, a working military base, the museum is housed in an accessible, modern, air conditioned building. As you’d expected from a leading attraction there are many informative and educational exhibitons and interactive displays with fun trails for younger visitors.
Founded in Catterick, in North Yorkshire in the mid 1930s, the Royal Signals Museum moved from the former home of The Royal Signals to Blandford Camp in 1967. Following a successful appeal launched in 1989, to raise over £1 million, a new wing was constructed and refurbished displays implemented.
The Royal Signals Museum houses the national collection of military communications equipment and vividly tells the story of military communications and of The Corps via a series of enlightening exhibitions – including interactive exhibitions – and displays.
The Royal Signals Museum is a revelation…
The visitor is stepped through a hundred plus years of signalling history, from shutter telegraphs through cable wagons, despatch riders, and World War II radios to Enigma machines and beyond.
Special sections are devoted to the SAS, the conflicts in the Falklands,the Gulf, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Interactive displays mean that there is lots for children to do and get “hands on”
Purposes of the museum
- To preserve and display the heritage and work of the Royal Signals.
- To tell the story of military communications from the Napoleonic Wars to present day
- To invite curiosity about the work of the Corps and telecommunications more broadly
- To provide educational resources to schools, colleges, researchers and visitors.
- To facilitate life long learning.
- To provide research, educational and recruiting support facilities.
- To look to the future of communications and to the work of The Royal Signals and be at the forefront of the use of technology.
What can visitors expect?
The Museum has installed a series of exciting exhibitions including the story of the modern-day, high-tech signaller. Displays illustrate the wide ranging role of the Corps both on the Battlefield and beyond. The displays are planned and created by serving soldiers from the different Units and so provide a soldiers perspective of their roles and responsibilities.
Current displays include:
- Cyber Warfare
- Satellite Communications
- Special Forces
An interactive Floor Plan of the museum can be found here:
Dorset Museums Association
The Royal Signals Museum is a member of the Dorset Museums Association. The Dorset Museums Association exists to represent museums of Dorset and to support and encourage them in their endeavors to reach and maintain the highest standards of museum practice.
Find out more via www.dorsetmuseums.co.uk
The Royal Signals Museum is a registered charity. Profits from items sold in the museum shop are returned to the Museum, helping to maintain and improve it for this and future generations.
Registered Charity 1133304 Registered Company 06460179 Donations welcome.