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The Secrets of Radar Museum, London

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The Secrets of Radar Museum is a small museum located near Parkwood Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada. Opened to the public in 2003, the museum was created to tell the story of the more than 6,000 Canadian World War II veterans who were recruited into a top-secret project during World War II involving radar. Drawn from every walk of life, and sent around the world, these veterans were held to an Oath of Secrecy that was not fully lifted until 1991.The museum is an incorporated not-for-profit museum located in London, Ontario.MandateThe Museum's mandate is threefold: To preserve the history and artifacts of the men and women who have served the RADAR division of the Canadian Military To educate the public on the history of RADAR in Canada To provide a therapeutic setting for veteransAbout the MuseumDuring World War II, at the request of the British government, over 6,000 Canadians were trained on RADAR and sent into every theatre of war. Subject to the Official Secrets Act, which expired after 50 years, it was only in 1991 that these men and women were able to share their experiences. Canadian radar personnel were a crucial part of the war effort and the Secrets of Radar Museum preserves and shares their history. Many of these early radar veterans went on to have leadership roles in the development of radar during the Cold War and in the Canadian electronics industry.CollectionThe Museum's collection includes several thousand photographs, as well as original radar equipment. While most World War II-era radar equipment has long since been destroyed, the Museum has examples of GEE, Fishpond, H2X, IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) radars, along with magnetrons, vacuum tubes (known as valves in England) and several hundred personal artifacts of various types. The Museum is also home to a substantial library and archive available to researchers, and numerous oral history interviews with radar veterans.
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  • Absolutely fantastic tour, displays, and information. Steve showed us around and was a delight. We learned so much and were having such a great time we didn't even realize we'd been there for 2...  more »
  • A friendly and fascinating insight into some local history I knew nothing about, staffed by knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers. Note (as others have) that the airport has moved out to Crumlin...  more »
  • First off, this museum has moved - it is now out by the airport at 2155 Crumlin. It shares a building with the local chapter of the RCAF Association with the radar museum occupying the back side of...  more »
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  • An extremely interesting little museum, filled with artifacts from the early days of Radar. It celebrates particularly the PEOPLE involved.
  • Interesting history of the Canadian and American wartime assistance to the British. Cool artifacts of radar equipment, uniforms, manuals and personal notebooks.
  • Well worth a visit to see the quality memorabilia from second world war / radar related. Very friendly staff on hand.
  • A wealth of information and very helpful staff that want to answer your questions
  • Great history, and even better tours

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