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The Military Intelligence Museum

The Military Intelligence Museum displays key elements of the history of British Military Intelligence from the Crimea War onwards.

The central focus of the museum is the Intelligence Corps, the British Army Corps responsible for gathering intelligence and our collection includes a great many objects and special exhibits about its history. 

Another key collection housed in our museum is the Medmenham Collection devoted to aerial photography and imagery analysis. This highlights the use of 3D imagery, initially in the first World War and then again with huge success in later years, during World War II and the Cold War. 

We have a small shop, selling intelligence-related books, Intelligence Corps memorabilia, and some cute teddy bears. 

We have a small interactive area where visitors can try and crack the code! We also have many trails and handling activities for younger children, please advise upon booking what you would like.

Access 

There are two steps up the front to the museum and we also have a wheelchair ramp available.

Visitors must park in the car park a short walk away from the museum, museum staff will guide you to the car park. However, if visitors find it difficult to walk or may need some additional assistance then please let the staff know when booking and arrangements can be made to park closer.

There is only one floor in the museum so there are no stairs inside.

There is a Male and Female toilet in the museum, but unfortunately we do not have a disabled toilet. 

We are currently in the process of developing a large label guide for visitors which we shall hope to have ready soon.

Arranging Your Visit

Visitors are very welcome. However, because the museum is located on a working military unit, all visits are by appointment only. Once a visit is arranged, visitors are required to bring a valid passport or current UK driving licence with them and 'book in' at the guardroom from where they will be escorted to the museum.

There are two steps to the front door, but if required, there is a ramp at the side of the building suitable for wheelchair access. There are soft chairs in every room so that visitors can sit and relax whilst listening to a tour guide or just contemplating a display.

Please allow two hours for your visit. It is not a large museum, but there are a lot of things to see. For children we have created a trail to follow around the museum, answering questions and cracking the code! We also have a code breaking interactive in the front room along with some quizzes about objects in the museum. When families book a visit to the museum we won't book any other visitors in at the same time so families can have the museum to themselves!

Booking Your Visit

Please contact the museum on 01462 814643 (Office hours are between 9.00 and 17.00 Hrs) or by emailing visits-intelligencemuseum@outlook.com to book a visit. Once a date has been agreed to visit the museum, museum staff will then send a Visitor Form for all visitors to fill out with the following information:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Car details
  • Email address and/or telephone number
  • Additional information may be requested (ie Passport Number or Photographic Driving Licence Number)

The Museum will collect and use an appropriate amount of information to enable a visit to the Museum which is on an MOD controlled site. MOD site security regulations require that this data is provided to allow visits.

This data will be shared with the Guardroom (except contact details), Museum staff, and volunteers (group or individual’s name only.)

The Museum has certain principles it must abide by under GDPR. So expect your personal data to be:

  • Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner
  • Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary
  • Accurate, and where necessary, kept up to date
  • Retained only as long as necessary
  • Processed in an appropriate manner to maintain security

The Military Intelligence Museum will not pass on your details to any third party without your consent.

IMPORTANT: Remember to bring Photo ID (Passport or Driving License). If you don't have a passport or UK driving lincence, please email us or speak to a member of the museum staff about alternative forms of identification.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
visits-intelligencemuseum@outlook.com
Website
www.militaryintelligencemuseum.org/

Where to go

Name
The Military Intelligence Museum
Address
Building 200
Chicksands
Shefford
Postcode
SG17 5PR
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Tuesday to Friday 10.30 am to last admission 2.00 pm
Session Information
All very welcome but please note that the Museum is located inside a gated military camp and all visits are therefore by prior appointment only. visitors are required to bring a valid passport or current UK driving licence with them and 'book in' at the guardroom from where they will be escorted to the museum.

Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old