Presentation at the next Meeting Points
Thursday, 23rd November 2017
Meeting starts at 10:00 am
at Harman’s Cross Village Hall
Worth Matravers is today a quiet village near Swanage, South Dorset. But for two years, in 1940-1942, when wartime Britain was in its greatest months of peril, Worth was Britain's “Silicon Valley”, home to as many as 2,000 scientists and engineers working on one of the greatest secrets of World War II - RADAR.
In our DVD, Dr Bill Penley, CB, CBE, one of our most distinguished engineers and a veteran of Worth Matravers, and Dr Phil Judkins, a radar historian, describe in non-technical language the top secret wartime work done at Worth.
The DVD starts with the background of how TRE (the Telecommunications Research Establishment) came to Worth in the first place, and the reasons for its eventual sudden demise with most of the top scientists being ordered out to a safer place “before the next full moon”.
This is a fascinating story brought to life by rare original pictures from 75 years ago and visits to all the past radar sites in the Purbeck area of South Dorset including St Aldhelm's Head, Leeson House, Brandy Bay, Tilly Whim and Durlston, Acton, Peveril Point, and many more.
Cameraman, Editor and Director for Echoes of the Past - and Purbeck U3A member - John Hale, whose idea for making the DVD was conceived after hearing Dr Bill Penley’s talk at a Purbeck U3A Science & Technology meeting back in October 2008, has had a lifetime of working on a wide variety of television programmes, mostly for the BBC in London. He has had three BAFTA nominations for Sound Design and has, since retirement to Dorset in 2001, made other notable DVDs locally including The Traditional Crafts of Dorset and Lawrence of Arabia - His Final Years in Dorset and of course Cordite! - The story of the Royal Naval Cordite Factory, Holton Heath which was shown at Meeting Points in 2014.