About Us

We are a small team here at the Military Intelligence Museum, with three main staff members, but we do have a great team of people helping us along the way. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who help with every aspect of the museum, and we're always looking to welcome more!

The Museum

The Museum

The Military Intelligence Museum displays key elements of the history of British Military Intelligence from the Boer War onwards.

The central focus of the museum is the Intelligence Corps, our collection includes a great many objects and special exhibits about the history of the Corps. We have two new interactive, permanent displays, one focusing on the Honours and Awards received by members of the Corps, and the other paying tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their Sovereign and their country, in the 'Name of the Rose' interactive.

Another key collection is the Medmenham Collection devoted to aerial photography and image analysis. This highlights the use of 3D imagery, initially in the first World War and then again with huge success in later years, during World War II and the Cold War.

Complementing these displays are two smaller displays. These cover the 'BRIXMIS' intelligence-gathering mission, based in East Germany during the Cold War, and the American radio operations that took place in Chicksands, from 1950 until 1996.

A further highlight is the SOE display housing a comprehensive collection of artifacts brought over from post-war France and displayed in an innovative diorama with touch-screen displays bringing it to life. This display also commemorates over 600 members of the Intelligence Corps who served in SOE.

We have a small shop, selling intelligence-related books, Intelligence Corps memorabilia, and some cute teddy bears.

A separate building houses our Archives, and if you wish to do some research then just get in contact with us. Further details are shown here: here.

Visitors are warmly welcome and we can to take bookings for parties of up to 30. Our location in a gated, working military barracks does mean that all visits have to be pre-booked. Once a visit is arranged, visitors should bring a valid ID with them (e.g. a valid passport or current UK driving licence) and book in at the guardroom. We shall then escort you to the Museum.

When booking the tour, we will offer you a guided tour of the museum, which can take up to two and a half hours. You're more than welcome to enjoy the museum at your own leisure, if you'd prefer.

There are two steps to the front door along with separate wheelchair access. There are soft chairs in every room so that visitors can sit and relax whilst listening to a tour guide or just contemplating a display.

We have a small interactive area, where visitors can try and crack the code! There are limited attractions for younger children, however we do have quizzes and games to amuse the younger children in your group.

If you have any questions after you have explored the many offerings on this website, or are thinking about visiting the Museum, then please don't hesitate to call us for a chat, or just send us an e-mail.

Come and see for yourselves our exciting museum!

The Website

This website is a new venture by the Museum and has been made possible by the generosity of Mr Julian Barnard.

The aim of the website is to complement and supplement the services available at the Museum and extend their reach into the on-line community across the world.

The basic structure of the site will be clear from the tabs at the top of the home page. Over time, this will be expanded in almost every respect. New submissions will extend the entries in the Historical Archive. We shall gradually transfer the full databases underpinning 'Honours and Awards' and 'In the Name of the Rose' displays in the Museum onto the website (the entries shown are examples). In the coming year, we shall open two on-line shops: one will offer the stock of the Museum Shop to customers across the world. The other will be an online bookshop with a wide range of largely non-fiction publications on espionnage, security and intelligence.

More widely, we shall aim to complement the displays in the Museum. Like every museum, however large or small, we have gaps in our displays as a result of constraints of space and funds. Our website will give us the ability to fill these gaps with on-line displays, on-line publication of articles and images and, perhaps most important of all, to engage directly with our customers wherever they may be in the world.

And we want to start this straight away! As we say above, the site will expand hugely over time. We would very much welcome your input as to how we should do this. Which gaps should we fill? Can you supply us with articles and images? What improvements would you suggest to the site itself - content, layout, usability and so on?

You will find a feedback form under the section Contact Us. Please let us have your views - the more the merrier!

The People

Bill Steadman

Curator

Overall responsibility for the management of the Museum and the Archives.

Phone :
01462 814643
Email :

Joyce Hutton

Archivist

Phone :
01462 752024
Email :

Mr. Fred Judge

Senior Researcher

Harriet Huggins

Assistant Curator

Phone :
01462 814643
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Shop (11.30 to 13.30 hrs Tuesday to Friday)

Phone :
01462 752342

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