PART OF THE SRDE BASESRDE was a government research and development establishment producing ground-breaking work on military communications from 1948 to 1980. Much of the technology invented here is being used today for world-wide communications. The picture on the left shows the Radomes (beehive structures) at Friars Cliff, where part of SRDE was based overlooking Christchurch beach. On the top of Friars Cliff there is a plaque where a Radome used to be situated. Read the plaque.

This website will be continuously updated with personal recollections of engineers and scientists working at SRDE at both of its sites in Somerford and Steamer Point, as well as including technical information.

Friends of SRDE have collaborated with the Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch, Dorset, to carry out this project.

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