Radar Memorial - click to enlarge
Radar memorial at St Aldhelm's Head

For a number of years there were various discussions about ways to commemorate the pioneering work on radar undertaken at Worth Matravers during World War II. Towards the end of the 1990s Tony Viney, a Worth resident and parish councillor, progressed proposals through the Worth Parish Council to erect a radar memorial at St Aldhelm's Head. Tony Viney, himself a local sculptor, also designed the memorial.

The stainless steel memorial is set on a Purbeck stone plinth. It represents two radar dishes which are arranged in such a way that they also form a large fire basket. This reflects both ancient and modern methods to warn of invasion: fires were lit as beacons to warn of the Spanish armada while radar forms the modern equivalent. The structure was assembled with assistance from a team of local residents. The tiered stone base is also a good resting place for weary walkers! - and allows them spectacular views of the coastline.

  
  
Memorial unveiling - click to enlarge.
Sir Bernard Lovell at the unveiling ceremony
  
The memorial was unveiled by Sir Bernard Lovell on Saturday 27th October 2001 in front of an assembled crowd of radar veterans. A light aircraft flew past several times and Wareham town band provided music. After the unveiling ceremony the crowd went to Leeson House for a cup of tea and a talk by Sir Bernard who gave a brief history of what was achieved at Worth Matravers during the war. Sir Bernard was himself one of the wartime radar researchers and went on to become a leading radio astronomer.
  
Plaque and wording on radar memorial
THIS MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES THE RADAR RESEARCH CARRIED OUT AT WORTH MATRAVERS FROM 1940 - 1942 WHICH WAS CRUCIAL TO THE WINNING OF THE WAR AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Radar memorial unveiling - click to view photographs.

To view photographs of the unveiling ceremony at St Aldhelm's Head: 
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Adobe pdf [0.8MB].

  

Click to view newspaper articles about the unveiling [0.3MB].

  
 

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