Over the last few months Great Malvern: Route to the Hills has been supporting the development of a brand new exhibition created by MRATHS (Malvern Radar and Technology History Society), which is due to launch on the 25th May 2016.
The exhibition will be displayed along the walkway linking Church Street with Waitrose, and will showcase unseen photographs from the archival collections of the Telecommunications Research Establishment, a government research facility that was located in Great Malvern from WW2 until 2001 (now the location of QinetiQ ). This site was home to top secret research during the war, with inventions such as Bernard Lovell's H2S radar helping to secure victories in strategic battles like the Battle of the Atlantic and keep the country from starvation. Even after the war important research continued, leading to the development of many modern appliances such as LCD television screens.
As well as looking at the scientific advancements made by the centre, the exhibition will celebrate the people who worked at the establishment, giving viewers the opportunity to learn about daily life at this facility, and see how key events were celebrated, such as the Queen’s visit in 1976. These stories will be brought to life through the placement of QR codes on each image, which when scanned with a smartphone, will link users to a web page offering more information about the image they are studying.
The exhibition will run from 25th May until 21st August 2016, with its official launch on 28th May when experts from MRATHS will be on site to answer any questions you may have about the exhibition and its content. If you can't wait that long, then there will be the opportunity to have a sneak preview of a few images relating to the North Site (Malvern Vale) on Sunday 22nd May between 1pm and 4pm, as part of an open garden session held in aid of MRATHS (click here for more details).
To find out more about MRATHS and the work they do, please visit www.mraths.org.uk .