Telling the story of military communications from semaphore to cyber
A brief history
Royal Signals Museum, Blandford Camp, Dorset DT11 8RH.
Founded in Catterick
In the mid 1930s.
Moved to Blandford
The Royal Signals Museum moved from Catterick, 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. It vividly tells the story of military communications and of The Corps via a series of enlightening exhibitions – including interactive exhibitions and displays.
Purposes of the museum
Preservation, curiosity, learning.
The museum exists to:
- Preserve and display the heritage and work of the Royal Signals.
- Tell the story of military communications from the Napoleonic Wars to present day
- Invite curiosity about the work of the Corps and telecommunications more broadly
- Provide educational resources to schools, colleges, researchers and visitors.
- Facilitate life long learning.
- Provide research, educational and recruiting support facilities.
- 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?
Current displays include:
- Cyber Warfare
- Satellite Communications
- Special Forces
An interactive Floor Plan of the museum can be found here:
The Corps Centenary book ‘Roger So Far” celebrates many of the Corps’ achievements during its first 100 years.
This hardback, illustrated coffee table book is packed full of stories about people, units and events in the context of campaigns, technologies and equipment. RRP £30 with discounts for Regular, Reserve and Retired Corps members.
Buy now from the Royal Signals Museum Shop
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 endeavours to reach and maintain the highest standards of museum practice. Find out more via
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”
Leaders in a Digital Age
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.
The staff on the gate and in the museum were so helpful to everyone they came in contact with.. Remember to take photo ID with you or your not getting in!