Young History and Archaeology Club
YHAC meets monthly on Saturday afternoons at the Time and Tide Museum. 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. Thanks to funding from Historic England the club is free to join.
There are currently two spaces in the YHAC so 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.