Military Intelligence Museum

How to get here:

Off A600 between Bedford and Shefford, signp osted "JFC Chicksands". If using Sat Nav, use the postcode SG17 5QB for the main gate.

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The Military Intelligence Museum displays key elements of the history of British Military Intelligence. Combining the Intelligence Corps collection of artefacts with tales of bravery and derring do with the Medmenham Collection of aerial imagery and reconnaissance analysis highlighting the use of 3D imagery in the first world war and then again with huge success in WWII. Complimenting them are smaller collections covering the Y Service radio intercept operation in Chicksands during the war and the joint service BRIXMIS mission in Cold War East Germany. The museum also acknowledges the time the American forces were stationed at Chicksands, collecting intelligence from around the world with a huge intercept aerial called the Elephant Cage. Highlights of our museum are the SOE display housing a complete collection of artefacts brought over from post war France and displayed in an innovative diorama with touch-screen displays bringing it to life. We have a small shop. Visitors are very welcome. But, because the museum is located on a working military unit, all visits are by appointment only - further details can be found on our website. Once a visit is arranged, visitors are required to bring a valid passport or current UK driving licence with them and book in at the guardroom from will be escorted to the museum. There are two steps to the front door, but if required, there is a ramp at the side of the building suitable for wheelchair access. There are soft chairs in every room so that visitors can sit and relax whilst listening to a tour guide or just contemplating a display. Please allow two hours for your visit. It is not a large museum, but there are a lot of things to see. The museum is probably not suitable for children under ten, there are limited attractions for younger children. We are happy to take bookings for parties of one to 30. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call and speak to us. We are Sharing the Secret come and see for yourselves.

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