Welcome to the new Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain.
This is a brand-new museum which, as the name suggests, is focussed on all aspects of Radio Communication. It is located in the city of Derby in Central England.
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 was handed over to the museum’s team of volunteers in mid-February 2016. That is when the real work began in earnest; laying out the display galleries, creating the mechanical workshop and the ESD laboratory / workshop; creating the Operations Room where radios and transmitters will be live and connected to antennas.
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 Summer 2017. The museum should be open to radio enthusiasts in May 2016 on a “by arrangement” basis, when much of the equipment will be in place but supporting graphics will only be installed progressively into 2017 / 18. Our first engagement programme with local schools will start in Spring 2017.
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.
If you just want to be updated with our progress then please subscribe to the monthly 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.