AN exhibition celebrating role of radar research scientists in the Second World War was opened by MP Harriett Baldwin on Saturday.

More than 200 people attended the Scientists in Malvern’ event organised by the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS) and held at Malvern College, where the scientist set up their labs in 1942.

The audience heard presentations revealing some of the secrets of wartime research, viewed experimental Infrared equipment, and saw displays produced by current Malvern College sixth formers.

The presentations took place in the school's recently opened science centre, next the original building where much of the wartime research took place.

Mrs Baldwin said: “I was delighted to open this exhibition to celebrate Malvern’s remarkable and historic significance in science and technology and the brilliant brains that kept our nation safe.

Some of the guests, now in their 90s, were part of the original Telecommunications Research Establishment team of nearly 3,000 scientists whose laboratories were evacuated to Malvern College and the Pale Manor from May 1942 until after the war.

Their work in electronics, besides frustrating bombing raids on cities and submarine raids on shipping, also laid the basis of many facets of modern life – including air traffic control, satellite communication and even the microwave oven.

Dr Natalie Watson, the school's head of science, said: “The hosting of this inspiring exhibition and the involvement of our students helps them to realise that there are all sorts of exciting careers awaiting them and a variety of employers eager to discover their skills”.

David Whitaker of MRATHS said: “MRATHS celebrates Malvern’s technological heritage and focusses on sharing that knowledge with others and especially with students. We are grateful to Malvern College for hosting this event and to our MP for opening it."