Join us (and a whole lot of other wonderful local organisations) as we celebrate music at the London Heritage Fair on February 16. You might not expect a museum about radar to have musical stories to tell, but we do! Doors open at 9A.M. and close at 3P.M. at the Central Library branch of the London Public Library.
On May 11, at 10AM, the 427 (London) Wing celebrates the legacy of LAC Kenneth Gerald Spooner with a ceremony celebrating his memory. The Museum will be open to welcome visitors and guests of the ceremony.
The Spooner Story:
Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Kenneth Gerald Spooner, age 20, was a student navigator at No. 4 Air Observer School, RCAF, Station Crumlin (now the London International Airport). In mid-May, 1943, Spooner, with three other students and the pilot, took off in an Avro Anson on a training exercise. Shortly after take-off, the pilot fainted and could not be revived. Spooner, who had no pilot training, took control of the falling aircraft and struggled to keep it level long enough for the other three students to bail out.
The Anson eventually crashed into Lake Erie, killing Spooner and the unconscious pilot. The testimony of the surviving students brought Spooner his posthumous award of the George Cross, considered the equivalent of the Victoria Cross for comparable heroism in non-combat situations. He was the second RCAF serviceman to receive this medal.
Join Curator Maya Hirschman for the entertaining and informative talk Top Secret: London's Hidden Radar History in the Met Hall at the Metropolitan United Church.
YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED THROUGH TIME OUT. For information, please call 519-432-7189 to register and the session may be sold out.
If you're not familiar with the Time Out outreach programs offered by the Metropolitan United Church, this is a great time to get acquainted. Now in its 45th year, Time Out is a way to learn, share, and socialise in an atmosphere of fellowship and intellectual curiosity. Wheelchair accessible.
Join us at the Central Branch of the Public Library to celebrate the impact women have had on London's history. We'll be sharing stories and displaying artefacts that relate to the operational role women played in Second World War and Cold War radar.
Join our friends at the 427 Wing, on Crumlin Sideroad, for Vimy Flight: Birth of a Nation, July 14-17. Three replica, bi-wing Nieuport 11 aircraft will be making an appearance at the Wing. The aircraft, known as Vimy Flight, are making a cross-country tour of Canada as part of a Department of Canadian Heritage sponsored program celebrating both Canada's 150th anniversary and to recall Canada's integral contributions in the evolution of First World War aviation.
We will be participating with a display exploring the technology that led to the development of radar.
Aircraft will be on static display from Friday afternoon until late morning Monday. The big day will be Saturday, with a full schedule of events.
Schedule of events for Saturday, July 15th:
1100: Ted Barris will present his Vimy talk in the Wing
1200: Outside in the Vimy Memorial Garden for remarks from City Councillor
1215: Randy Warden, President of Vimy Legion Branch 145
1225: Reverend Frank Mantz blessing
1230: Ceremonial tree planting of the two Vimy Oaks
1245: Public meet and greet with the Vimy Flight pilots and invited guests
1315: Possible flight of Vimy Flight, weather permitting
1415: Aircraft return to static display at the Wing for viewing, photography, etc.
1700: Aircraft taxi to hangar for overnight, Wing remains open until 2100.
Come out to Byron Branch of the London Public Library to hear Manager Maya talk about London's Second World War radar history. She'll touch on training, research, and manufacturing in her talk, illustrated with images from the Museum's permanent collection. As this research is ever on-going, Maya will be happy to hear new research leads from audience members following the talk.
Join us for this season's most unique theatre experience, right here at the Museum ! We are delighted to announce that we will be a venue for the pioneering history theatre company, Live History, this autumn in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Live History will presenting site-specific "Circa" at the Museum, November 5 & 6.
Showtimes are 10AM, 4PM, and 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.
Advance tickets can be purchased with cash at the Museum: $17 adult; $15 seniors, students, and veterans. They can also be purchased by credit card (service fees apply) through Eventbrite.ca. At-the-door tickets are $20 for everyone.
About Circa: It’s almost closing time at the museum when you run into a strange figure, dressed in period clothes and seeming confused. The mysterious character, identifying only as Circa, is horrified to discover they are in the modern era, and many of things they remember and love are now behind glass. They have no recollection of who they are, or how they got there. Only items from the past seem to trigger memories and stories about their identity. Stay with Circa for anecdotes from the main exhibit’s time period, and travel through other exhibits, searching for clues.
Once again, Secrets of Radar is participating in Doors Open London! Join us Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd from 10AM to 4PM. We'll have staff and volunteers on hand to answer questions and share favourite anecdotes, and members of the London Amateur Radio Club will be on the air. This year, we're pulling some very special artefacts out of storage to put on display for this special event. And, of course, we'll have "radar popcorn" and light refreshments available for a donation.
To see what other events are going on, visit LondonCulture.ca.
Along with our friends at Jet Aircraft Museum, we're participating in Pride London this weekend. If you're out celebrating, make sure you come visit our shared booth in the community tent in Victoria Park. We'll also be in the Pride Parade with JAM on Sunday. Look for the "cockpit" ! The Parade starts at 12:30PMand travels west from Western Fair along Queens Ave.
Join us at Jet Aircraft Museum for Jet Blast Day! We'll be in the hangar, along with JAM's T-33s, with a table booth, displaying a selection of objects and items telling the Canadian radar story. What is a 'Jet Blast'? It's s a fly day where the museum and/or visiting jets are out flying.
We'll also be open regular hours at our own site, if you happen to want a substantially quieter museum experience.
In celebration of Museum Month, we will be offering a hands-on day at the Museum. Come visit us May 23, 11AM-3PM for an all-ages, family friendly event featuring magnets, radios, flight mechanics, scrapbooks, and more!
See our ad in the London Free Press Classifieds for more information.
Check out museumsontario.ca to find out what other Museum Month events are taking place at museums near you!
Taking advantage of the trails around Westminster Ponds this Family Day? Drop by the Secrets of Radar Museum and warm up with us.
Hot refreshments and “radar popcorn” will be available for purchase and volunteers will be on hand to introduce the museum’s permanent exhibits. We'll have family-friendly activities, touchable artefacts, and the London Amateur Radio Club will be on the air!
Join us February 13, from 9AM-3PM, for a wonderful day of family-friendly London, Ontario history! Aside from having our booth set up in the Hudson Bay Passageway, we'll be offering a drop-in scrapbooking workshop in the Tonda Room from 1:45-2:30PM. See you there!
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, featuring the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards, is coming to London's Budweiser Gardens on February 2nd! The Secrets of Radar Museum will be on-site for the event, too, with artefacts and items from the Museum's collections.
Make sure to take advantage of the $5 off coupon code if you're planning to purchase tickets. Book online at www.budweisergardens.com/password. Make sure to quote promo code: GBRM!
We're doing something a little different for Doors Open this year. We will be partnering with Jet Aircraft Museum on the 26th of September with our display in their airplane hangar. We will be open at our own location, per usual, but we will not be open the 27th. So, for Doors Open programming, on the Saturday, please join us at either location for family fun, history, heritage, and culture.
For information on other participating Doors Open and Culture Days sites and locations, from which there are many to choose, please visit the London Heritage Council.