Young History and Archaeology Club

Coronavirus Update

Our activities have been postponed until spring when we will review the situation. Meanwhile why not read our report about the summer test pit which our Young Archaeologists excavated and researched.  Click here to  find out who and what we discovered. For more exciting archaeological activites and ideas check out the national YAC website here.

YHAC meets monthly on Saturday afternoons at the Time and Tide Museum. Thanks to funding from Historic England the club is free to join. The club is supervised by fully accredited society members, supported by  historians from the Time and Tide and is affiliated to the National Council for British Archaeology.

If you are a budding historian or a would-be archaeologist between the ages of 8 and 16 , or know somebody who might be, please email the society on for more information.

Visit to RAF  Air Defence Radar Museum

Our Young Archaeologists have been learning about World War Two recently so were thrilled to visit the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum at Neatishead to find out about all about the secret listening stations along the Norfolk coast.

We visited the communications room where the museum volunteers showed us how the radar stations operated and we found out how the signals were used to scramble fighter planes during the Battle of Britain. We also got to plot incoming planes on the tabletop and discovered how the coloured arrows matched up to the coloured sections on the sector clock.

Some of the young people took up the invitation to sit in a Jaguar cockpit where they were amazed at the number of instruments, while others were happier in the comfort of the rejected ejector seat!

In the Cold War room we were shown a film of the suspected Russian espionage tactics during the Cold War and we explored some of the equipment which the British and Nato used to counteract them. We were surprised at how little computing power was available to the ‘Superpowers’ in that era and astonished to learn that our mobile phones today hold more computer storage than the entire base used.

Thanks to the team at RAF Radar Museum for showing us around and also to society members Ann Dunning, Glenda Wells and Una Watson for helping lead the group.