The next meeting of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society will be on the 8th November 2017. 

The next meeting of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society will be on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 7PM in the Lewis 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.  See map below.

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  • Cymbeline – The First Joint Venture

Chris Bassett MBE and Alan Howard (Thorn EMI)

The talk will cover the novel method used to develop and procure the very successful Cymbeline counter – mortar radar system, its engineering challenges and its world – wide sales.

Radar, Field Artillery, No 15, better known as Cymbeline, was a widely used British mortar locating radar operating in the I band using a Foster scanner. Developed by Thorn-EMI and built at their now-defunct site at Hayes in Middlesex, it was in British service from 1975 until about 2003 with the Royal Artillery.

The speakers

Chris Bassett started work in 1959 at the Radar Research Establishment as a Scientific Assistant in the Army Ground Radar Division. Four decades, six Establishment names and five Ministries later he ended his Civil Service career as a Principal Engineer in the newly formed QinetiQ, followed by a short period working for Trusted Experts. Mainly involved in field trials of army electronic systems his work covered anti – aircraft and weapon locating radar, remote ground sensors and counter – terrorist surveillance systems. In his retirement Chris continues as the company manager of the Malvern Theatre Players and is also a master of disguises …

Alan Howard was an international sales executive with Thorn EMI.       

Refreshments will be available afterwards

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

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

For planning your diary in 2017 here is the schedule of meetings for 2017 / 2018

Wednesday 17th January 2018 – Chris Pocock will discuss Gary Powers and the U-2 incident on Mayday 1960.        

Check back for more information.


An additional meeting has been arranged:

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

Monday 22nd January 2018 – joint MRATHS / IET meeting. 7:30pm at the Tom Elliott Centre, QinetiQ Malvern

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). 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.

It is likely to be very popular so booking is essential. Details are here




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.




3 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

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