Welcome to the new Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain.
This is a brand-new museum which, as the name suggests, is focused on all aspects of Radio Communication. It is located in the city of Derby in Central England. The museum a registered charity and is being funded and built by enthusiasts and volunteers.
This web site is under construction and will be expanded as the museum itself is built. It will grow to become both an overview of the museum, as well as an information resource for people with an interest in radio communication.
The current status of the museum is that the building is complete and has been handed over to the museum’s team of volunteers. We have created a mechanical workshop and the ESD laboratory / electronics workshop for radio equipment maintenance, cleaning and repair; the Operations Room benches are being constructed where, in a few weeks, radios and transmitters will be live and connected to antennas. We are just about to start our education outreach programme. After Easter 2017, we are starting after-school and weekend, free to attend, Coding Clubs for children aged 9 to 11 using SCRATCH and PYTHON languages on PCs, Raspberry Pi and BBC Micro:Bit computers. Watch this space to see details of our Electronics and Space Science Clubs for children coming later in 2017. In autumn we expect to start amateur radio Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced training courses to allow people to obtain their amateur radio licences.
We are using LED lighting panels throughout the museum for energy efficiency but are still battling with the manufacturers in their inability to supply radio interference (RFI) free product (see separate section of the website). Whether it is LED lighting panels, or emergency exit lights, the embedded switch-mode power supplies (drivers) appear to fail all of our EMC conducted mains interference tests! We have now decided that we are going to fit our own linear power supplies in the ceilings of each room to power the LED panels.
We expect to have several thousand items of radio equipment on display and hope to be open to the general public in August 2017. Initially the museum will primarily be of interest to radio enthusiasts to look at and use the equipment, over the next few years the supporting graphics will be installed progressively which will make the museum of greater interest to the General Public.
Please follow our blog and twitter feed to find out our progress on the creation of the museum. Bookmark this page now and return regularly.
If you would like to get involved with the museum as a volunteer, either in a technical role restoring and operating equipment, or in a supportive role in marketing or administration, then follow the link to that section of this web site.
We are also keen to talk with people who have worked either as designers, engineers or users of radio equipment e.g. military, marine, aeronautic, telecomms etc who can share their experiences with us. This could be face to face, or over the telephone, internet or even radio meetings!
If you just want to be updated with our progress then please subscribe to the quarterly news-sheet and we will email it to you.
If you would just like to know when we are open to the public, then tick that box and we will contact you nearer that time.