This interactive website is part of the SRDE Local History Project and is to be continuously updated as personal and technical recollections and further information is made available. As the website is a continuing project any comments on the present content of the site and any technical information will be particularly welcome. Email to

To try and help ex-members of the Establishment chronicle what life was like working at SRDE, they are invited to fill in the questionnaire below or a copy of it can be obtained from the Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1BU. Tel: 01202 482860 Fax:01202 481924.

Academic staff who either worked on Government Research projects or acted as consultants for the work at SRDE are invited to add to, or comment on the content of the website by e-mailing Staff from British Industry whose co-operation made it possible to bring some of the projects to fruition, are also invited to send any personal and technical recollections, published work, and photographs, they might have on their work with SRDE to the above address.

If any ex-members of staff at SRDE feel that their work has either been omitted or inaccurately described on this website their comments in the form of either correspondence to the Redhouse Museum or e-mail to are welcomed. All comments and recollections will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be published on this website without prior approval from the author, and then only anonymously if preferred. If the website is used as an Information Resource for anyone researching the history of Defence Electronics, then please e-mail first.

Thank you.

Your name?
Your address?
Dates worked at SRDE?
Please briefly describe the projects you worked on.
What was your responsibility/job title on the projects?
What was the intended end result for your project?
Did your project realise its potential?

If yes, was the end result a scientific paper, a patent, or a piece of communications hardware? (Please explain)

What were the high points during your time at SRDE?

What were your low points?

What obstacles did you encounter?

How did you overcome them?

Please describe your personal successes on your projects.
How would you rate your working environment at SRDE?

Do you have anecdotes connected with your work?
Do you have any photographs you could submit for the archives?

Could we contact you about the information in this questionnaire?

Any further comments?

Thank you very much for your help.

Further Information

The SRDE archive which includes a large number of negatives c.1953-1977; an almost complete set of user handbooks (provisional/final); SRDE inventions 1930s and 1940s; early experimental diaries, and a large number of press cuttings is held at the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford Camp, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8RH Tel: 01258 482160; Mil: 943712160; Fax: 01258 482084; e-mail: Access to the SRDE archive material is by appointment through the archivist, Tim Stankus on 01258 482413.

There is archive material at the Red House Museum and Gardens, Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU, which includes a collection of photographs of equipment and staff employed at SRDE and a dossier of personal and technical recollections.

For further details contact the Museum Curator Mr Jim Hunter on Tel: 01202 482860; Fax: 01202 481924. (Please telephone before faxing).

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