The next meeting of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society will be on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 7PM in the lecture theatre at the Razak Science Centre, Malvern College, College Road, Malvern WR14 3DF.
Please park in College Road and walk south (away from the town centre) turn left just past the main college building and then right. The science centre is ahead of you. There is a small amount of parking next to the building – please keep this free for those with limited mobility. The disabled entrance is to the left of the building; go up two floors in the lift.
- Some society news
- ‘Spare me the Drama!’
“The world leading scientific heritage of the Malvern establishments is finally becoming well known, not least due to the efforts of MRATHS. However what is less well known is the impact of all this science on the social life of Malvern.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Malvern Theatre Players. To celebrate this milestone they have joined up with the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS) to research their beginnings. After almost two years of delving in the archives the enormous impact the scientists from TRE had on the social life of Malvern has been revealed, which of course continues to this day.
The story begins in 1941 with the Pylon Players in Worth Matravers moving swiftly to Malvern College in 1942. Here several other amateur dramatic groups sprang up most notably the Flying Rockets Concert Party who quickly gained a reputation for technical excellence.
The TRE staff played a major part in the 1951 Malvern Pageant held in Priory Park with some 550 performers, 75 technicians, a campanologist and a troop of horses.
Other notable events include rescuing the Festival Theatre from almost certain closure in 1964 by setting up the Malvern Theatre Association and Trust which took on the lease from the District Council. They then managed the theatre for the next 21 years and raised significant funds to help make it pay.
Then in 1977 the MTP became the resident amateur group at the Festival Theatre and was able to revive the annual pantomimes which had suffered from recent poor professional performances. The MTP now have their own well equipped theatre ‘The Coach House Theatre’ where they continue to perform.
Spare me the Drama! will be presented in two acts by Chris Bassett, Company manager of the MTP and master of disguises, and Hugh Williams, occasional sound engineer (2nd class)”
Bring and share your memories and be sure to collect your souvenir programme!
Refreshments will be available afterwards
Please invite anyone else you feel might be interested – there is plenty of room.
New faces are always welcome
For planning your diary in 2017 here is the schedule of meetings for 2017 / 2018
General meetings 13 September 2017, 8 November 2017, 17th January 2018
Scientists in Malvern Exhibition
1.30pm – Welcome and Opening Addresses (Natalie Watson and David Whitaker)
1.45pm – Lecture 1: Scientists in Malvern, David Whitaker
2.30pm – Exhibition viewing
3.00pm – Lecture 2: World Firsts, Mike Burstow and Roger Appleby
3.45pm – Exhibition viewing
4.30pm – Close
The previous Church Walk Gallery Exhibition told the story of inventions and the people behind them coming from Government Research in Malvern will remain available on this website. Link to it through the poster below.
Click on image to see the exhibition posters.