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“A fantastic insight into hidden and essential work”

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 March 16, 2017

Submitted prior personal details prior to visit, as instructed. The simple entry procedure is standard for most military bases and ensures the safety of all concerned.

We were escorted from the main gate and then given a good briefing into the role and scope of the museum, followed by a short video and quick walk-round of all the areas. The lady who provided this was very enthusiastic and full of knowledge of all activities.

We were then left to go round all the displays in our own time. There are a wide range of topics covered, supported by well produced displays with ample descriptions

The overall picture of the dedicated work of the intelligence branches, their personnel and their braveness in the field was outstanding. Outside the service, few can appreciate the essential work being done to ensure world peace.

I must thank the museum staff for making the visit so memorable. I will return.

Thank lk2010a
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Harriet H, Public Relations Manager at The Military Intelligence Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2018

Hello and thank you for providing a review of the museum! We greatly appreciate all feedback and if you don't mind providing more, then we have a survey on SurveyMonkey which is simple and easy to fill out. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can come again! Thanks!

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Reviewed October 16, 2016

We had a very interesting tour of this museum. I had a tour through work and enjoyed it so much that I booked to take my family. Takes about 2 hours

Thank Holsrme
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Reviewed September 17, 2016

This is an interesting but hard to access museum. You need to book in advance by email with passport or other details. On arrival you show your passport and are photographed as if you were going into a foreign country. As you are then accompanied to the museum and back out by a member of staff, you are unlikely to drift off so the whole palaver is over the top. We were received by an officer at the reception desk who was surly and hard to understand. The actual museum is comprehensive and interesting. It is also free. It would benefit from a bigger building as interesting information is crammed too tightly. We were shown round by a volunteer guide but as the display is self explanatory, you would do as well following it on your own and taking time to look at more than he directs you to. He was, however, very knowledgable. This museum deserves more custom buti T would need to make itself more accessible.

Thank DaoHaddington
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Harriet H, Public Relations Manager at The Military Intelligence Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

Thank you for your museum review, all feedback is very important to staff here at the museum. Access issues are quite difficult for visitors, and we understand the problems that can be faced with signing in, but unfortunately we are hindered by the security of the MOD site. We are making plans to move off site to a place near Woburn Abbey, which will remove any access issues visitors have at the moment. It will be a bigger space with a more spread out history of intelligence. We hope that you return once the new museum is built, and have a more enjoyable experience. Thank you, Harriet.

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Reviewed November 6, 2015

Booking in advance is essential and following the instructions. Once there we were welcomed and enjoyed fascinating talks and tours of the museum. One can only feel humbled by the stories of the men and women involved in all aspect of keeping this country safe. Allow 3 hours at least, but you could easily spend longer.

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Reviewed October 1, 2015

The tour was done by Don & Mike. Don was a fellow US AF veteran, who did an amazing job taking me down memory lane. We talked for hours! Mike is a British forces (RAF) Veteran who gave a very detailed presentation. I was humbled that gentlemen of this high stature and so knowledgeable would take 2+ hours to tour just two American visitors around - I can't thank these guys and organization highly enough. I recommend to anyone, but, especially to any former RAF Chicksands (Americans) folks out there - but, really anyone who likes history - some notable items are the handcuffs wore by Rudolf Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz, and an original enigma machine. Amazing!

Thank William A
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