Week 41 - RAF Radar Defence Museum
I've never been to a secret military facility before - most probably because they don't 'advertise' them. But this one is open to the public.
I arrived after a long drive from home to what seemed a pretty small site. A few flags blowing in the wind and old artillery vehicles standing proudly on the lawn - it was like being transported back to 1950.
Beth, the museum curator promptly greeted me upon arrival and whisked me off to her office. The whole place oozed with a military atmosphere; clean, tidy, well kept and slightly institutionalised. After a quick chat and introduction, Beth took me on a private tour of the museum.
Part of the atmosphere of the place is created by 'real-life' looking mannequins; dotted around the internal map of the museum to replicate how people would have been working 60 years ago. The only issue with that is when you're on your own, it takes on a slightly more sinister feel.
Aside from tours around the museum and more cups of tea than I could manage I did do some work this week. One of the large artillery vehicles needs restoring and to do so, it needs to be undercover. So I helped prepare the ground for a new permanent enclosure to go in. Lugging sand in the rain is not easy work; but with a few of us on hand we managed to do it over a couple of days.