The aim of this section is to give some signposts to further sources of information about early radar development.  Such a huge amount has been published that it is only possible to scratch the surface here.  The hope is that these web pages will help you find some leads to your particular area of interest.


Contents of this 'More..' Section

Introduction This page! - introduction to the 'More..' section.
Books Lists of books comprising downloadable reference lists, and a collection of recently available titles on a separate web page: book list.
Book List
Library The Purbeck Radar Reference Library is held in Swanage, UK. These pages explain how to view these reference books with a list of the reference books in the collection on a separate web page.
Library List
Videos Videos and films,
Links Links to other websites related to early radar development as well as relevant websites in the Purbeck area.
Publications Publications (DVD, booklets etc.) available from the Radar Trust with details of how to obtain them - see thumbnails below.
Penley Radar Archives Reminiscences, commentaries, letters etc. by some of the wartime radar researchers which were collected by Bill Penley.
Papers Relating to Early Radar
There are many thousands of papers relating to the early radar work.  Here are a few signposts to repositories of papers which may be of interest to the dedicated researcher or enthusiast:
Public Record Office, Kew, London  -  
Tens of thousands of papers here!!
Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge  -
A number of the key radar researchers deposited their personal papers at the Churchill Archives Centre.  For some of these contributors there are specific references in their mini biography.  Background: Robert Watson-Watt personally knew John Cockcroft at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.  Shortly before war was declared in 1939, he persuaded Cockcroft to release around 80 researchers to visit some of the Chain Home radar stations.  This was to prepare them to act as nurse maids to help keep the stations operational should war be declared.  Many of these joined the radar research team at the outbreak of war.  A number of the researchers later deposited papers at Churchill College, Cambridge.
Penley Radar Archives  -  penleyradararchives local link 
Reminiscences, commentaries, letters etc. by some of the wartime radar researchers which were collected by Bill Penley - some digitized on CD-ROM.
Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE)  
Most records were systematically destroyed by QinetiQ.
TRE was the 'cover' name given to the radar research establishment associated with the RAF and air defence when it was based in Purbeck and Malvern during the war.  Over subsequent decades it went through a series of name changes:
RRE - Radar Research Establishment, RRE - Royal Radar Establishment, RSRE - Royal Signals & Radar Establishment, DERA - Defence Evaluation & Research Agency, DRA - Defence Research Agency.  
In the late 1990s it was mostly privatised to become QinetiQ ( with a skeleton part remaining in the Ministry of Defence: Defence Scientific & Technical Laboratories ( 
When QinetiQ took over the library, almost all of the establishment's historical records were systematically destroyed.  Presumably, from their perspective as a profit motivated commercial organisation, maintaining historical records represented an unwanted expense.
Publications available from the Purbeck Radar Museum Trust
DVD - Echoes of the Past
Secret War in Purbeck
radar brochure
Dorset's Radar Days
With Radar to Final Victory
Penley Radar Archives CD-ROM
link to books page
link to Purbeck Radar Reference Library

Reference Library

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links to other websites
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