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The Royal Signals Museum holds a collection of military communications equipment from the Crimea to present day. The Royal Signals have a history spanning back to their formation in 1869 at Chatnam. The use of signalling in wars traces back to much further including the Romans use of coloured smoke and the Greeks use of both water and torch telegraph.

Displays include:

The Great War

The role of the Royal Engineer Signal Service - The development of the military telephone and wireless - The continued importance of the telegraph in military signalling - The use of visual signalling in warfare - The use of animals in war.

World War II:

Royal Signals with the British Expeditionary Force. - The Western Desert Campaign. - The war in the Far East. - The fighting in NW Europe and the importance of the No10 Set. - Royal Signals in Airborne Units and other Special Forces. - Encryption, interception and spy radio.

D-Day & Dorset:

A special exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June. This exhibition concentrates on the lesser know parts of the Royal Signals involvement in “Operation Overlord” and the Country of Dorset in which the Museum is located.

Codes and Codebreaking:

Learn all about the codes have been used to safeguard military secrets and the difference between codes and cyphers.

The Crimea War (1855):

Explores the first use of the electric environment with a Single Needle Telegraph on display.

George Cross

Explores the posthumous award to Signalman Kenneth Smith GC. now on display in the museum

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Entrance Fees:

Adults:                 £7.50

Children (5-16)   £5.50

Family (2+2)      £22.00

Contact Information:


Museum Curator:                       (01258) 482 160

Museum Business Manager       (01258) 482 248

Website: Royal Signals Museum



1st Jan - 11th Feb (last entry 3pm)

11th Feb - 28th Oct (last entry 4pm)

29th Oct - 30th Dec (last entry3pm)

Weekends & Bank Holdays

10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm)


23rd & 24th jun

Christmas 24th - 26th Dec

New Year 31st Dec - 1st jan