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Read about all of our upcoming events regarding the Military Intelligence Museum.

Please be aware that as the museum is based on a military site all visits must be by appointment only.

We require at least 3 working days notice to arrange a visit.

Please be aware that the museum will be closed to visitors from the 6th December 2019 until March 2020.

October 2019 - Sergeant James Edgar

Last week former Intelligence Corps Sergeant James Edgar was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by Julie Duhaut-Bedos, Deputy Head of Mission, in Australia where he now lives.

Edgar was born in South Africa in 1920 and joined the Intelligence Corps in late 1940. He was recruited into the Special Operations Executive, French Section. After a period teaching Morse to SOE agents he was selected as a Radio Operator for SOE's 'TILLEUL' Mission, parachuting into France in July 44.

As a British Commando he took part in several raids on the occupied Channel islands. One of his duties was to disguise fishing boats to safely escort Norwegians to Shetland. He later parachuted into Burma to fight the Japanese and stayed in Sumatra for a year on peace-keeping operations.

He's pictured here wearing his Intelligence Corps green beret and badge.

https://www.rslwa.org.au/news/wwii-veterans-honoured-with-frances-highest-order-of-merit/?fbclid=IwAR2FdD-9_Zet7RdxbU8Rvl8M7oC91FGGx9vReyTYzcYbHUikIc1QRaCWNEc

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August 2019 - Stephen Jolly as New Appeal Board Member

Stephen Jolly is now the newest member of the Museum of Military Intelligence's Appeal Board! He has agreed to work with the Fundraising Committee and Appeal Board to help raise money for the new museum site at Milton Bryan.

Jolly was the UK's first Director of Defence Communications at the MOD between 2013 and 2015. He served as a founder chairman of the National Security Communications Committee and was also a member of the Government Communications Board.

Before his retirement from Government service in 2016, Jolly was the most senior serving psychological operations officer in British Defence. He is now the Director of the Saatchi Institute, a private think-tank based in London.

A Cambridge Fellow since 2005, Jolly has a research interest in black propaganda, particularly the work of Sefton Delmer, Director of the Political Warfare Executives Special Operations Directorate that ran the Milton Bryan studios.

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August 2019 - Byte Sized Memories with Betty Webb

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July 2019 - Dr Helen Fry as our Ambassador

Dr Helen Fry is now an ambassador for our museum, fully supporting us in our move to Milton Bryan, the home of Black Propaganda during World War Two.

She has written and edited over 25 books on the Second World War, and her works cover the social history of the Second World War: British Intelligence and the secret war; spies and espionage; and MI9 escape and evasion.

With a wealth of experience as a historian, Helen undertakes consultancy work for documentary companies and as a consultant historian for several TV channels including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She also writes occasionally for the Wall Street Journal.

Helen is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies at University College London, and Honorary Member of The Association of Jewish Refugees.

She is an Associate Editor for 'Eye Spy Magazine' and is a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Trent Park Museum Trust.

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July 2019 - School Project

Museum staff and volunteers have been working with the local school to create a series of World War Two style recruitment and propaganda posters.

We went to see the Year 4 class at Campton Lower School and we delivered some workshops on recruitment and propaganda during wartime.

The class were then asked to create their own and these are the finished results!

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June 2019 - Milton Bryan

As some of you may be aware, our museum is looking to move to a new building in Milton Bryan, one with great historical importance.

It has been closed to the public since 1945 but during the Second World War it was the Top Secret black propaganda broadcasting centre of the Political Warfare Executive, spreading false information through Nazi-occupied Europe.

In this new space the museum will reveal the story of intelligence activity across the Armed Services, including the Intelligence Corps, Naval Intelligence and Air Force Intelligence.

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May 2019 - We are raising money!

The Military Intelligence Museum is raising money to launch what will be the foremost military intelligence museum in the UK and, we hope, internationally!

To donate money to help us create this new Museum of Military Intelligence, follow the link https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/9574

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April 2019 - Thank You 100

Last year marked 100 years since the end of the First World War in 1918, and we took part in the Royal British Legion's Thank You 100 campaign.

We asked our visitors to write their own messages thanking those who fought and worked hard during the war.

The museum had few school visits near to the end of the year and a lot of the children wanted to add their own messages onto our Thank You board!

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March 2019 - D-Day Intelligence Display

Our new Intelligence display to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day landings is finished and open for visitors!

The display illustrates the part played by intelligence before, during, and after D-Day. To accompany this new display we have also been loaned a genuine copy, number 18 of only 34 made, of Operations Order Number 1, the D-Day plan for 30 Corps.

The Plan and accompanying map overlays are marked 'BIGOT' and classified 'TOP SECRET'. Loaned to the museum by Mr Humphrey Nolan, the son of Major William Nolan who was the Intelligence Officer for 30 Corps. Major Nolan was later awarded the MBE for his work.

This selection of documents also includes Major Nolan's intelligence briefing notes that he used to brief 30 Corps commanders before the invasion.

Major Nolan 'forgot' to hand all the plans and notes back in so they were spared destruction! Alongside this display is a WW2 era Norton 500cc Motorcycle, on loan from the National Army Museum, as one of our 'Tools of the Trade'.

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March 2019 - Ranked as a top attraction in the region!

According to an article by Champneys about what to do in and around Henlow, The Military Intelligence Museum is one of the top attractions to visit in the area. Our museum gives you a fascinating insight into the world of military intelligence with displays focusing on anything from the Boer War up to modern times.

We also have details about how the Intelligence Corps managed to confuse the Germans into thinking the Allies would be landing at Pas-de-Calais, rather than Normandy!

So if you want to visit our highly recommended Military Intelligence Museum, then call us on 01462 752896 / 01462 752024 or email us on intcorpshq-museum-mailbox@mod.gov.uk. As the museum is located on a working military unit, all visits are by appointment only. We look forward to seeing you!

Here is a link to our Champneys mention!

https://www.champneys.com/about-champneys/blog/location-guides-what-to-do-in-and-around-henlow/

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February 2019 - Donate!

The Military Intelligence Museum is raising money to help launch what will be the foremost military intelligence museum in the UK and internationally, providing a unique visitor experience telling the story of the Intelligence Corps in particular; more generally what military intelligence is and how it works; its role in UK military operations past present and future, backed by comprehensive archives.

A historic site and building of national importance, never before opened to or viewed by the general public, will be the location for it. Milton Bryan was used during the Second World War as a top secret broadcasting station for black propaganda by an organisation called the Political Warfare Executive (PWE).

The organisation was run by its Director, Sefton Delmer. Sanctioned by Winston Churchill, Delmer developed a sophisticated and highly successful campaign of deception and propaganda into Nazi Germany and enemy occupied territory across other parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa from this building. Delmer's original broadcast studio remains in the building and will be an additional feature for the new museum.

To donate money to help us create this new Museum of Military Intelligence, follow the link below:

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/9574

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February 2019 - What's New for 2019!

2019 marks a number of significant anniversaries which we have commemorated in a number of new displays.

The 80th Anniversary of the start of the Second World War will see an arts display being developed with a local school. It will showcase the recruiting effort that kicked into high gear once hostilities began. Staff will work with pupils from a local school who will design their own recruiting posters which will be displayed in the Long Gallery (the corridor in old money!)

6th June 1944 " D-Day! Major Nolan MBE, the Intelligence Officer for 30 Corps, 'forgot' to hand in his copy of the Top Secret D-Day plan, with accompanying map overlays and his own Intelligence Briefing notes. This unique selection of extremely rare documents has been kindly loaned to us by his son, Mr Humphrey Nolan, and is now on display alongside one of our tools of the trade, a Norton Motorcycle on loan from the National Army Museum. This sizeable display commemorates the 75th anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in human history and the part played by intelligence in making it happen.

The existing 100 years of Women in Intelligence display has been expanded, allowing us to showcase more of this important element of our history.

And, lastly, the Museum celebrates its 50th birthday this year so we have placed a small display in the entrance area to celebrate that milestone in our own history.

If you haven't visited us before, now is the time. If you haven't visited in a while, there is much that you will not have seen before. In any case, come along, you will be most welcome.

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February 2019 - Norton 16H 500CC Motorcycle

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, we have borrowed a motorcycle from the National Army Museum! The display will focus on the Tools of the Trade for the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War.

Come and check it out when we reopen in March!

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November 2018 - Remembrance Parade

Captain Katherine Coulthard is a British Army officer serving in the Intelligence Corps as the Corps Adjutant, which sees her as responsible for the development and retention of young officers within the Corps.

After commissioning from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2012, Katy has since been deployed in Afghanistan and Somalia where she, and her team of analysts, provided intelligence support to senior military personnel within their headquarters. Katy has also been heavily involved in teaching recruits basic soldier training, as well as providing further intelligence support to British Headquarters based in the UK and Germany.

On Sunday 11th November 2018, Katy was given the honour of laying HRH Prince Philip's poppy wreath at the Cenotaph in London.

As part of her role as Corps Adjutant, Katy is Assistant Equerry to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. As Prince Philip has now retired from Royal duties, Katy was asked to lay the remembrance wreath on his behalf.

It's a huge honour for the Intelligence Corps to play an important part in commemorating those who we have lost.

Photographs taken by Rupert Frere.

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October 2018 - Major Frank Foley CMG Statue

Major Frank Foley CMG was recruited by the Intelligence Corps after the First World War, and in the years leading up to the Second World War he ran MI6s Berlin station. He went undercover as a Passport Control Officer and was able to help thousands of Jews escape from Nazi Germany by issuing them with special visas to get to Britain or British-controlled Palestine. It's believed he saved 10,000 people by issuing these visas.

Foley became known as the British Schindler, due to the similarity between himself and Oskar Schindler who also saved thousands of Jewish people during the war. Foley was officially recognised as a British Hero of the Holocaust and was awarded the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George CMG (order of chivalry) in 1941.

Major Foley retired to Stourbridge in 1949 and died there in 1958, aged 73. An Army Reserve Centre based there had hosted members of Foley's family along with descendants of some of those whom he saved in Nazi Germany.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge unveiled a statue of Foley, depicting him as a spy in the 1930s, in Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, on the 18th September 2018. A wall mural telling the story of his life, along with a miniature sized statue, and an Enigma machine were also on display at the headquarters of 63 Military Intelligence Company in Stourbridge. These photographs show Colonel Phaedra McLean, Corps Colonel Reserves, Intelligence Corps with sculptor Andy DeComyn alongside the miniature and full size Foley statues.

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October 2018 - Royal Hospital Chelsea

The museum works closely with the Intelligence Corps Association (ICA) and were both lucky enough to be invited to an open day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea with The Chelsea Pensioners.

ICA representative Hazel invited our Assistant Curator Harriet along for the day. The Royal Hospital Chelsea was created by King Charles II who decided to provide a safe home for British Army veterans who had fought for their country and been broken by age or war. The hospital was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and became the home of the first Chelsea Pensioner in 1692.

The Hospital continues its tradition of looking after retired British Army soldiers and today supports up to 310 veterans. The purpose of Hazel and Harriet's visit was because the hospital is actively recruiting new Pensioners and Hazel has the opportunity to advertise this to Intelligence Corps veterans who belong to ICA.

They were shown around the Hospital by a Captain of the Invalids and then given an extended tour by Intelligence Corps Chelsea Pensioner Mick Kippin, who delighted in showing his Intelligence Corps stable belt underneath his scarlet coat! Mick told us how happy he was living as a Pensioner and how he believed it to be an honour to wear the eye-catching scarlet coat and iconic hat.

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September 2018 - 100 Days Offensive Video Series

The Road to Victory video series showcases the various Corps' role during the 100 Days Offensive campaign that ended the First World War.

The museums of the Intelligence Corps, Medics, Royal Army Physical Training Corps, the Royal Engineers, and the Royal Signals have all created videos to show what was happening at the end of the First World War.

The Corps Museums Network, which the Military Intelligence Museum is a part of, has worked with a filmmaker to produce a video for each of the museums involved with the project. We have created a YouTube channel to show all these videos and a couple more!

Follow the link below to get to our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKC1ZmxDgDDXjAiQug77GZQ

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August 2018 - Hazel's Last Blog

This week was my final week of my internship working on the Hundred Days Offensive touring exhibition, and the exhibition has now officially launched at the Military Intelligence Museum.

It has been an incredible six weeks working with all the museums involved in the project to turn a random collection of images, objects and facts into a coherent and fully developed temporary exhibition! I have learnt a lot during these six weeks, not just about the Army Corps and the Hundred Days Offensive, but also about the process of creating an exhibition.

The exhibition will tour around five museums until the end of November. The Military Intelligence Museum is currently displaying the exhibition until the 7th September. From there it will move to the Royal Engineers Museum until the 3rd October, and then it will go to the Museum of Military Medicine until the 19th October. The Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum will have the exhibition from the 22nd of October until the 9th November, and will then move to the Royal Signals Museums, and will close on the 30th November 2018.

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August 2018 - Hazel's Blog

This has been an exciting week for the Hundred Days Offensive project! On Monday we collected the Clever Frame, which will hold the exhibition panels, and practised assembling and disassembling it. It was great to see the size of the exhibition, and to see how simple the frame was to construct! We also tested out where we were going to place the exhibition in the Military Intelligence Museum, which really made the project come to life and become that bit more real.

In the afternoon we met with a designer from Skinny Dog Design, to begin the process of designing the final exhibition! The meeting went really well, and we made a lot of good progress! We now have a rough outline of when the exhibition will be ready for launch, so in three weeks time, you should all be able to have a sneak peek of how fantastic the Hundred Days Offensive exhibition is going to look!

Make sure you keep an eye on the Military Intelligence Museum Facebook page for more details on what dates each museum will have the exhibition so you can find out where and when you can see it as next week we will be preparing the finalised details of the tour!

Next week we will also be finalising the logo and exhibition design, so it will be exciting to see my research and writing turned into a full exhibition! It is a great feeling seeing all your hard work turned into a final product!

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August 2018 - Bois-Guillaume Centenary

Between the 9th and the 11th August 2018, members of the Intelligence Corps were invited by the Major of Bois-Guillaume to visit the graves of Intelligence Corps soldiers killed during the First World War.

Personnel were invited by Mayor Gilbert Renard as part of the French town's commemoration of the Armistice that effectively ended the war 100 years ago. The Corps also attended an event at Bois-Guillaume back in 2014 to commemorate the start of the war.

Second Lieutenant Alfred Sang, wounded by shrapnel on the 2nd October 1914 and sadly died on the 9th September, and Sergeant Lynham were members of the Intelligence Corps that were killed during the First World War.

The communal cemetery at Bois-Guillaume contains 320 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, many of whom were killed early on in the fighting.

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August 2018 - Our Intern Hazel

Hi, my name is Hazel Sadler, and last week I started my internship at the Military Intelligence Museum, assisting with the Hundred Days Offensive Touring Exhibition. The exhibition will tour the five museums involved in the project- the Military Intelligence Museum, the Museum of Military Medicine, The Royal Engineers Museum, The Royal Signal Museum and the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum " to deliver the stories of the Corp Museum Network during the last four months of the First World War. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about how these Corps helped Britain end the First World War, through their contribution to the Hundred Days Offensive.

My role within the project is to research the role of the Intelligence Corps during the Hundred Days Offensive, as well as the roles of the Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Military medical services and the Army Physical Training Corps.
Last week I began researching the role of the Intelligence Corps, before, during and after the Hundred Days Offensive, looking specifically into the significance of what they did for winning the First World War. I have been going through the museums extensive archive to find out more about the roles of the intelligence corps, and the amazing people that contributed to the collection and analyse of intelligence information, such as Charlotte Bosworth and Vince Shirley!

I have also started writing up the content for the touring exhibition, which will tour between Mid-August and November, spending around three weeks at each museum involved in the project! For the rest of this week, I will be visiting the Royal Signal Museum, the Museum of Military Medicine and the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum to start my research into their role in the Hundred Days Offensive!

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August 2018 - 100 Days Offensive Exhibition

From the 20th August until the 7th September the Military Intelligence Museum will be hosting the Corps Museums Network's 100 Days Offensive exhibition!

To commemorate the end of the First World War, the network decided to create a travelling exhibition that will visit five of its museums between the 20th August and the 30th November. The dates below are when each museum will host the exhibition:

Military Intelligence Museum: 20th August - 7th September
Royal Engineers Museum: 10th September - 28th September
Museum of Military Medicine: 1st October - 19th October
Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum: 22nd October - 9th November
Royal Signals Museum: 12th November - 30th November

To come and see it then contact the intelligence museum via email or phone to arrange a visit!

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February 2018 - Whats New for 2018!

In a word, lots. We said a fond farewell to our Assistant Katie Bateman, who left the museum last May, and welcomed Harriet Huggins to the role of Assistant Curator. She has set about raising our online presence with social media, as can be see elsewhere on the site. We have also welcomed new volunteers into the museum and greatly appreciate how much time they devote to helping out behind the scenes and with visitors.

Our planned relocation to a new site has moved several steps forward with a large grant from the Intelligence Corps Association and the appointment of Trustees to lead this important project. The site at Milton Bryan contains the derelict recording studio of the Political Warfare Executive, a unit charged with sending black propaganda over the airwaves to the enemy, relying heavily on intelligence to achieve this. The building and grounds offer the potential to develop a world class museum more than twice the size of the current one, with new additions such as a cafe and education facility. Exciting times are ahead.

A wide range of artefacts have been donated to the museum over the past year, adding everything from documents and photographs, to medals and weapons, to the collection. The investigation of war crimes began in 1945 in Germany and Japan, and we accepted two Japanese knives into the collection that had belonged to Major General Yahagi who was investigated and later hanged for war crimes. The knives were confiscated from the owner by Intelligence Corps' Major Grimwood to prevent Yahagi using them on himself before justice could be done! Major Grimwood's son handed the knives into Suffolk police under a weapons amnesty and luckily PC Lock, an ex-Army Air Corps soldier, recognised their historic importance thus rescuing them from the threat of destruction. These objects will be included in a new display that focuses on the Intelligence Corps' involvement in the investigation of war crimes.

Evelyn Le Chene, widow of SOE hero Captain Pierre Louis Le Chene MBE, has most kindly added his French Resistance medals to her long-term loan of his other medals and items. This ever-growing display tells the story of his capture and of his defiance, courage, and perseverance in the face of brutal torture.

We are privileged to have been gifted the WW1 medals of Mabel Dymond Peel, along with her journal, documents, and photographs. These objects, of great rarity and significance, fill a huge gap in our collection. She was a part of the Hush WAACs, a dozen or so members of the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps who were employed to listen to German communications during the First World War. A new display featuring the Hush WAACs of WW1, the ATS of WW2 and the Cold War WRAC charts the assimilation of women into the modern Intelligence Corps.

This year we have completely changed the layout and displays in room two, known as the Intelligence Corps room. We have moved the Name of the Rose and the Honours and Awards interactives into the room to bring together all the Corps elements. Another medal cabinet has been purchased which will allow us to put every medal in our collection on permanent display.

2018 is a year of significant centenaries; the end of the Great War, women in the Army and the creation of the RAF to name but a few. The museum will commemorate as many as we can.

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January 2018 - Radio Drama

During the Second World War, Muriel Spark worked for the 'Black Propaganda' Department of MI6. Her job was to produce what she called 'a tangled mixture of damaging lies, flattering and plausible truths'. Give it a listen and learn about different intelligence aspects of the Second World War.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09k8v3t

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December 2017 - Visitor Survey

The museum staff are interested to hear feedback about our museum, so we have created a survey for visitors to complete!

If you wish to provide some feedback and information about your visit, then please follow the link below to SurveyMonkey where you can quickly and easily fill out the questions.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJ3QXM9

Visitor Survey