The sign by the door reads "it's bigger than you think" and it is right. This is no small museum (you will be handed a map as you enter!) and it depicts the secret world of RAF defence radar
using many exhibits, models, photos, light and sound. It's centre piece is a Cold War Operations Room
, left exactly as it was during 1954. There is also a replica operations room from the Battle of Britain
and an updated operations room from 1942. But that is only the beginning, as the exhibition goes on to show the role of the Royal Observer Corps
, a fascinating showcase of Air Intelligence Photography
, a display devoted to Telecommunications
. At the end of the museum is a number of rooms dedicated to nearby RAF Coltishall
, which sadly ceased flying operations in 2006. The exhibits are housed in buildings attached to RAF Neatishead, established in 1941. You can either wander the labyrinth of corridors and explore for yourself or a volunteer guide will show you around and tell you their story. Things for kids (and grown ups) include button pressing and even a cockpit of a Jaguar Jet fighter that you can sit in. There is a cafe and shop.