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Volunteer at Bawdsey Radar

Description of the role:

We are operating in a Covid Secure environment.
As a volunteer you can be involved in a range of different activities at Bawdsey Radar:
- meeting and greeting visitors and helping them have an enjoyable visit
- setting up the galleries ready for visitors
-looking after the Transmitter Block and the grounds
- promoting Bawdsey Radar on social media and review sites
- doing visitor research
- taking part and running events and activities
There is full and on-going training is available for all roles.
Tea and coffee (always biscuits and sometimes cake!) is always freely available and mileage or foot ferry travel expenses can be met.

Opportunity Activities: Administration, Local Events, Marketing, PR and Media, Practical Work and DIY, Retail and Charity Shops
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

You don't need any particular expertise to be a volunteer at Bawdsey. If you have specific skills in social media, IT or practical skills, or you worked at Bawdsey, then that's great but really not essential.
We are looking for volunteers who are friendly, approachable and enthusiastic to get involved to tell the Bawdsey story and that can be in variety of ways not just in a visitor-facing

What skills will be learned / gained?

Communication skills from meeting and greeting visitors (adults, children, family & visiting groups) offering a warm welcome and answering questions.
Listening and questioning skills from conducting visitor research
IT skills from creating documents and processing data
Social media experience and knowledge from creating and posting content to a range of social media and review sites that reflects the messages and raises the profile of Bawdsey Radar
Communication and marketing experience from creating and supporting content for the website and social media platforms that support the key messages of Bawdsey Radar

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: No
Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the men and women and the work they did at Bawdsey, in top secret conditions, to develop radar. Operational radar was born in Bawdsey and the innovation and technology developed here contributed very significantly to the successful outcome of the Battle of Britain.

The historic radar Transmitter Block at Bawdsey, built in 1937, has undergone a major restoration programme, safeguarding the building itself and creating a stunning exhibition telling this important, and little known, story. We are grateful to our funders: the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Garfield Weston and many others.

Tea and coffee (and sometimes cake!) is always freely available and mileage or foot ferry travel expenses can be met.

The Transmitter Block itself has level access throughout and an accessible loo. There is adjacent free car parking - there is a slight incline up and down from the car park, no steps.

Getting to the Transmitter Block
The role is based at the Transmitter Block in Bawdsey, Suffolk. Before and during the war, the location was ideal as it is remote and work could be done in secrecy!
Nowadays though there is no public transport access to Bawdsey.
BY CAR: from Ipswich/ A14 on the B1083 to Bawdsey. There is free car parking on site.
From Felixstowe Ferry - in the summer there is a passenger and cycle foot ferry from Felixstowe Ferry to Bawdsey Quay, then it's a 20 minute walk or short bike ride to the Block. Alternatively, we may be able to arrange transport from the Ferry at the quay to the Block for volunteers.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Bawdsey Radar Trust
Organisation Profile:

Covid 19
In line with official guidance the museum is closed for now. There's plenty to do behind the scenes working remotely so we'd still love to hear from you.
We are also looking ahead to better times when we can re-open safely.
Please safe safe.
Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the development of radar that helped win the Battle of Britain. The Transmitter Block at Bawdsey was the first operational radar station in the world and where men and women worked, in complete secrecy, on the frontline together.
The building itself, built in 1937, is now conserved for future generations and a new exhibition tells this untold story that played such an important part in British history.