Royal Signals Museum
The Royal Corps of Signals Museum is located in Blandford Camp in the beautiful Dorset countryside, only a stone's throw from the scenic and interesting Georgian Town of Blandford Forum.
It is the national museum of Army communications and the exhibits and displays show the part that communications have played in the many wars and campaigns of the last 150 years. The Museum collection is regarded as being of national importance, and the excellent Archives are recognised by the Public Record Office.
The Museum was founded in Catterick, North Yorkshire in the mid 1930s. It was moved to Blandford Camp in 1967. In 1989 an appeal was launched to raise over £1 million to construct a new wing and to totally refurbish the displays. Following a successful appeal, the new wing was constructed in 1995 and the refurbishment was completed in 1997. The Museum in its new form was re-opened on 28th May 1997. There are many interactive displays and fun trails for younger visitors.
The main purposes of the Museum are:
To provide educational resources to local schools and for life long learning.
To preserve and display the heritage of the Royal Signals.
To tell the story of military communications from the Napoleonic Wars onwards.
To provide research, educational and recruiting support facilities.
Mon - Fri (all year) 10.00-17.00 (last entry 16.00)
Sat, Sun, Bank Holidays 10.00-16.00 (last entry 15.00)
Senior Citizens, Concessions £6.00
Children (5-16) £5.00
Family Ticket (2+2) £20.00
Group rates available (10+) 10% discount
Schools, Scouts & Cubs £3.00
Archive entry £7.00
The Museum's Library and archive on the history of military communications and the history of the Royal Corps of Signals can be consulted Monday to Friday all year by prior appointment on 01258 482413. Entry to the Archive is £6.50 in addition to Museum entrance. Research enquiries are not accepted by telephone; they must be made in writing giving full contact details (including telephone number and e-mail).
The Royal Signals Museum is within the boundaries of Blandford Army Camp, therefore please bring some form of I.D. - driving licence, passport, bank card or credit card, etc.
Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Land Transport