Our STEM activities

Our new season of talks will be:

  • 11th July 2018: ASV Battle of the Atlantic
  • 12th Sept 2018: Malvern’s role in defending UK airspace from WW2 – see below.
  • 14 November 2018: RSRE / DRA Patents in 1980s/ 1990s
  • 16 Feb 2019:  TBD

MRATHS will also be at:

  • Malvern Spring Festival : 10-13th May 2018
  • Three Counties Show : 17th-19th June 2018
  • Armed Forces Day, Victoria Park : 30th June 2018
  • Malvern Autumn Show : 29-30th Sept 2018
  • Malvern Festival of Innovation : 13th October 2018

We need ideas for events that can excite the next generation of Scientists and Engineers especially ideas that require no power. Please get in touch if you could help  support us at one of the events. Also see How to help


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.

Please see what has been happening: EVENTS

6 Responses to News

  1. Jonathan Penley says:

    Dear Mraths,
    I was very interested to see the excellent panels that you have exhibited in Church Walk – well done, and some great quality photos…
    I notice that they have QR Codes to provide more information. As I do not have a smart phone, I was unable to access the additional information – and am rather disappointed that there does not seem to be a link to it from your website (thought I may have missed it) – do please advise,
    Regards, Jonathan.

    • Mike Burstow says:

      Thank you for your feedback. All 39 exhibition posters can viewed on line. Just visit and click on the NEWS or EVENTS tabs. You will find links there. There is lots of background stories and supporting pictures for each poster.

  2. zoe shearman says:

    Thank you for producing this incredibly interesting and significant exhibition documenting the different histories of scientific research in Malvern and their continued impact and legacy, globally. “Scientists Come to Malvern” undoubtedly merits to be permanently sited in Malvern and to be given further funding and support to enable this. The visual design of the information posters is inspired and engaging, as is their presentation online as well as in an accessible outdoor public site used by diverse communities. The research which has fed into the posters, as well as their online archive on the MRATHS website, is a valuable resource which should be further supported to have a wider impact.

    Zoe Shearman, contemporary art curator.

    • Mike Burstow says:

      Zoe, thank you for your kind words. Perhaps we will be able to work together on some our future projects?

  3. Malcolm Hopper says:

    Congratulations on your recent success re lottery support.

    Could the information of the guided walk, when it is produced, be included on the website for those of with traditional-style steam telephone handsets?

    • Mike Burstow says:

      Hello Malcolm, Yes we hope to publish it both on the web and as a tri-fold leaflet. It will depend a bit on the budget we are allowed from the grant
      best regards, Mike Burstow

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