Next Meeting

The next public meeting of the Society will be on Wednesday 12th September 2018, at 7pm in the Science Centre, Malvern College, College Road, Malvern WR14 3DF. 

The following topics will be covered:

Malvern’s role in defending UK airspace from WW2 to the present day

Outline – This talk will open with a review of the UK’s air defences at the end of WWII (which had been severely run-down) and charts Malvern’s involvement in bringing them up to scratch to counter the perceived Russian threat at the onset of the cold war. It examines the reason for constructing  a dedicated building (H building) on the Malvern site,  which was to be a full scale operational prototype of the new UK air defence command and control system. There is a virtual tour of the building (both in 1955 and 2015 & 2018). Projects Linesman and Mediator are described, both abject failures, and the lessons learned are examined. The next section deals with the later uses of “H building”. Finally Malvern’s involvement in the UK Air Defences is brought up to the current day. This is an updated version of the talk about H building with corrections and new material added.

  • Society news
  • The story of H block and WW2

Details of Previous Meetings can be found here :

To find the Science Centre and to see the dates for 2018 see bottom of this page.

Refreshments will be available afterwards, new faces are always welcome. Admission is free for Members. We ask for a donation from non-members to help with society overheads. 

Please invite anyone else you feel might be interested – there is plenty of room

Dates of public meetings in 2018/ 2019

For your diary dates will be:
Wednesday 14th November 2018
Wednesday 16th January 2019

Check back for more information.

How to find The Science Centre

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.  See map below.



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.


Scientists come to malvern 1942_resizeClick on image to see the exhibition posters.




4 Responses to Events

  1. Janet GORDGE says:

    Good afternoon. My father, Jim Evans, worked at RSRE ( as it was known then) , between 1965 – 1991 when he then retired. We were not aware of your Society, but are very interested.
    Can you please tell me how Dad can become involved, and where to you hold your meetings?
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Mike Burstow says:

      Thank you for your interest. I will contact you privately to see what we can find out.

  2. Mary Marsh says:

    Hello there,

    I’ve only just found out about the Malvern College exhibition in the Gazette and am disappointed to see that tickets are sold out already. Will there be any other opportunities to see the exhibition or is it for one day only?

    Many thanks
    Kind regards
    Mary Marsh

  3. Brian danks says:

    I am interested in finding out any information about radar development at Malvern during ww2 as my father worked there from 1939 _ 1945 thank you. Brian Dan’s email address is

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