Duke of Edinburgh’s RAF Neatishead visit on April 28 sparks start of drive to secure military history
06:00 21 March 2014
The Duke of Edinburgh is to visit a north Norfolk museum next month to mark the launch of a new drive to secure its military heritage.
The Duke last visited the RAF Neatishead radar base in 2001 as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations and spoke to base staff and families before a tour of the site.
On his latest visit to the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum on April 28, he will view military items from the 1940s through to the present day.
The museum, which was an active station when the Duke last visited, still contains the fighter control operations room where air activity was monitored during the Cold War.
The £2m-£3m changes will include space and indoor protection for larger exhibits which are currently outdoors.
And the display, catering and educational facilities inside the museum will also be given a refresh.
Carl Lamb, who was based at RAF Neatishead in the early to mid-eighties, is spearheading the project and said the site is significant both locally and nationally.
He said: “The base began its life in the Second World War and is a testament to the way defence has changed over the decades. It’s an important part of our heritage that has remained secret for many years.
“It’s now time for RAF Neatishead to share its secrets with a wider audience and to educate new generations about the role it played in securing this country’s independence.”
Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt, who ran operations at RAF Neatishead in the 1990s, said it was essential this unique piece of military heritage was secured and improved for future generations.