Dorset - "Making Vision into Power" A talk by Dr Phil Judkins, Ph.D., M.A, M.Sc

Dorset - "Making Vision into Power" A talk by Dr Phil Judkins, Ph.D., M.A, M.Sc

Dorset - "Making Vision into Power" A talk by Dr Phil Judkins, Ph.D., M.A, M.Sc

event Wednesday, June 21, 2023 schedule 10.30am - 2.00pm BST
event Wednesday, June 21, 2023 schedule 10.30am - 2.00pm BST
  • Worth Matravers Radar station
Hosted by Cambridge Society of Dorset
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Langton Matravers Village Hall | View details

Alumni and guests are invited to our next meeting, at the Langton Matravers Village Hall, which is a talk by Dr Phil Judkins, followed by a buffet lunch.

Phil’s original qualification is in classical archaeology, although his PhD is in the history of radar, his first job was at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, and his first published paper was to a NATO Conference in Stresa, Italy, as long ago as 1977. In September, he will be taking up a Beaufort Visiting Fellowship at St John’s where his research will focus on British radar 1935-45. His business career extended over central and local government, high-tech industry and the City of London, and his academic career, following his Doctorate at Cranfield, through Fellowships at the United Kingdom Defence Academy and Leeds and Buckingham Universities, where he has lectured on military cryptography and electronics history. He is the author of four books, including artificial intelligence and the implications of virtual reality, and of numerous academic papers.

His talk today, ‘Making Vision into Power’, will focus upon Cambridge’s contribution to British wartime radar research, from the 1935 suggestion of locating aircraft by reflected radio waves due to St John’s Arnold ‘Skip’ Wilkins, to radar’s triggering the detonation of the atomic bombs which ended the conflict in 1945. Phil’s approach will cover German successes as well as those of Britain and the USA (and an almost-forgotten French contribution), and will comment upon electronics used in Bletchley Park’s cryptography, but he will reserve a special place for the crucial microwave and countermeasures research carried out here at Langton Matravers and nearby Worth. Both British and German equipment from his personal collection will be on display, and Phil warns us to expect many surprises – this will definitely not be the ‘same old’ oft-repeated story!

Booking information

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£25 per person


Langton Matravers Village Hall
59 High Street
Langton Matravers
BH19 3HA
United Kingdom
Location information: 

Langton Matravers Village Hall was built in 1845 and the cottage next door was was added in 1876. Both were used as a Church of England School.
On the 12th January 1970, a Trust Deed was made between the Salisbury Diocesan Council of Education and Four Gentlemen of Langton Matravers Trustees.
The school was bought to be held upon trust for the purpose of a village hall, a charity for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Langton Matravers.

We have chosen this location for its proximity to the subject matter, and it presents some opportunities for after lunch.
Phil has contributed some items from his own collection to a small exhibition in the Purbeck Stone Museum, which is located opposite the Hall, just behind the church. Here you will be able to see equipment developed and used at Worth during WW2, as well as other features of local history. The museum is open from 2pm to 4pm, entrance free but donations accepted. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to stroll along part of the South West Coast Path above Dancing Ledge, or walk along Priest’s Way towards Worth, and visit the dinosaur footsteps exposed in the rock (about a mile from the car-park).