Scientific secrets revealed for the first time

A new exhibition is being launched on 28 May in Great Malvern, showcasing the important role Malvern played in top secret scientific and technological history during the 1940s and beyond.

The exhibition has been created by Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS) and is supported by the Great Malvern: Route to the Hills project and for the first time makes public some of the secret government projects taking place in that period.

The display runs from 25 May - 21 August 2016 along Church Walk, Great Malvern, and at the official launch on 28 May with volunteers from MRATHS on site to answer any questions from 11am.

A selection of archive images will be displayed to highlight the story of achievement. Each image will have a QR code which smart devices can scan, and then link to MRATHS website, where more information can be found. 

Many of Malvern’s contributions to the war effort were top secret, yet the research and inventions undertaken made huge advances in helping to win the war, such as the H2S radar developed by Bernard Lovell which was crucial in winning the Battle of the Atlantic against the submarines and saving the country from starvation.

Many modern appliances were also developed in Malvern, such as the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) television screen and the exhibition will give residents and visitors the chance to learn more about this and many other unknown historical achievements.

Exhibition timeline

22 May - sneak preview of a few images, 19 St Peters Rd, Malvern WR14 1QS, between 1pm and 4pm in the open garden.

25 May - 21 August 2016, exhibition displayed along Church Walk Great Malvern.

28 May – official launch, Church Walk Great Malvern.

Martin Hutchinson, from MRATHS said: “We welcome the opportunity Route to the Hills has provided us with to reveal the contribution the scientists, engineers and the support staff who were responsible for a string of nationally and internationally significant inventions and providing support to the Armed Forces over many years.

“This technology base has benefited Malvern economically in the past and this continues today with QinetiQ and many other hi tech industries based on RSRE inventions, such as speech recognition.”

David Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities at Malvern Hills District Council said: “I am delighted that the partnership has been able to support this fascinating exhibition, which tells an important, yet often overlooked chapter in Malvern’s colourful history”.