The Role of Neatishead Today

Today, the aim of the base at Neatishead is to “to provide radar, ground-to-air radio and data links coverage as part of the UK Air Surveillance And Control System (ASACS), in support of national and NATO air defence; a task that has become increasingly important after the tragic events of 9/11.” Now called a Remote Radar Head, staff based here are responsible for both the Radar at Trimingham as well as equipment at a number of other sites in North Norfolk and at Neatishead itself. Information is sent by secure datalinks from the various systems to RAF Boulmer where the Controllers monitor UK airspace.

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Beginnings of a Museum

The Beginnings of a Museum

Funding was raised in 1994 which allowed the purchase from the RAF the grounds and associated buildings which the Museum occupies today.  On the 1st January 1999, the Air Force Board Standing Committee decided to agree to a new name for the Museum, the Air Defence Radar Museum and granted us permission to use RAF in the title signifying the very close links the Museum has with the Air Force.

Board of Trustees

The Museum is the largest privately owned Museum in North Norfolk.  It is totally reliant on volunteers for its day to day running, overseen by the current Manager, Mrs L Kerslake. The Museum is governed by a Board of Trustees:

  • Sir J Allison, Chairman and Patron
  • Mr P Carter, Trustee
  • Mr N Farmer, Trustee
  • Mr D Lowry, Trustee
  • Mr C Griffiths, Trustee
  • Mr C Lamb, Trustee
  • Mrs F Baugh, Trustee
  • Mr L Baugh, Trustee
  • Mr A Spinks, Trustee
  • Mrs J Crane, Trustee
  • Mrs J O’Donoghue, Curatorial Advisor

The Museum is a registered Charity (1058887) and is fully Accredited.


The RAF Air Defence Radar Museum (ADRM) was created to provide a focal point for the heritage associated with the air defence of the United Kingdom.

In particular, all elements of the Air Defence Radar organisation and associated Air Defence battle management equipment and memorabilia, and to preserve the same in the best possible condition for the public benefit.