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“Really fascinating!”

The Military Intelligence Museum
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Shefford
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Our museum wants to share the secret of military intelligence from the Boer War to the present day! Learn about espionage and secrets, and see how they played a major part in some of the biggest wars in history!
Reviewed September 1, 2015

An window into the intruiging world of 'intelligence activities' and 'spies'! I first went in about the year 2000, before they re-vamped everything, and I must say I think it had more 'atmosphere' back then, although I also appreciated how well it's now laid out. There were a few artefacts last time which were the 'stars of the show' and they are no longer on display, which was a little disappointing.

Thank Whitestarlion
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Reviewed July 29, 2015

This museum, tucked into an operating base of the MoD, is worth a visit if war time intelligence operations are of interest to you. Many exhibits and other memorabilia and tributes to the war time spying activities of some very brave people.

Thank John R
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Reviewed June 4, 2015

If you are remotely interested in what military intelligence is, what this branch of the military is and what it gets up to, or possibly just want to find out more about photo interpretation then you should find the visit worthwhile.

The first point to note is that the museum is on an active military base and so visits are only by prior appointment, and you must be prepared to sign in at the guardroom upon arrival.

We were given a warm welcome by one of the museum staff and escorted to the museum which is located inside the Chicksands base. There we were given a given a video introduction, along with a tour around each of the rooms where important items in the collection were explained. We were then left to run through the collection at our own pace.

The museum primarily highlights some of the key areas where Millitary Intelligence has been involved since the creation of the corps (well I guess at least the ones they're allowed to talk about hehe). The displays cover such involvements as WW2 & SOE, The Crimea, key characters in its history, brief details on involvement in Korea, Oman, Cyprus (to mention a few), and finally a large exhibit on photo reconnaissance and interpretation. This last exhibit forms a reasonable part in the collection and has a large number of items on display, especially from the WW2 period onwards. There's even a number of stereographic photo viewers that you can look through to get an idea of how some of the work is done. In addition to that there's a number of aerial reconnaissance items on display such as the camera etc).

We were there a good couple of hours and took in a reasonable amount of what was on display. If you are interested in the subject and are happy to read what is displayed about the exhibits then that is how long you may need. If you are not as interested in the history and detail and just want to look around then you might not get as much out of a visit.

The other thing I will add if visiting is to make sure you go to the correct gate (the base has more than one). We were directed to use the gate closest to Sandy Lane, off of the A600.

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