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Croome's crucial role
8:30am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A HISTORIC former World War Two airbase will be turning back the clock during a lecture charting its crucial role in radar research and how it has been transformed over the last 70 years.
Croome Park, now owned by the National Trust, was home to the secret RAF Defford airbase where more than 2,000 soldiers and radar scientists were stationed during the war.
On Wednesday, November 13, Defford Airfield Heritage Group archivist Dennis Williams will be leading a ‘then-and-now’ talk on the history of the base, followed by a two-course dinner.
His lecture will tell the story of the wartime base and its role in secret radar research, which continued into the Cold War years.
Dr Williams said: “It emphasises not only the technological achievements that were demonstrated at Defford, but also the part played by the station in the social history of rural Worcestershire, and the way in which the construction of the airfield dramatically changed the landscape of Croome. The atmospheric surroundings of the disused airfield will be brought to life by a fascinating collection of photos that show many of its features in wartime, and today.”
The talk starts at 3.30pm .
Tickets cost £22 by calling Becky Wilks on 01905 370005 or by e-mailing becky.wilks @nationaltrust. org.uk.
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