Services

The museum has displays on all 3 major military services – Army, Navy and Royal Air Force – as well as the local Royal Observer Corps. Prominence is given to the RAF because of its strong local links in RAF Upwood, whose story is told, along with those of some of its personnel. The railways played an important part in Ramsey’s development, and both North and East Stations are represented. But other local services – police and fire brigade – are not forgotten. If you want to know more you can view the extensive collection of photographs and documents related to the public services in the Archives.

Police

Truncheon, handcuffs, whistle and badges which belonged to PC Morton of Ramsey Police.

The old police station on Blenheim Road is now private housing.

RAF

The 1958-issue flying pressure jerkin of Warrant Officer Bill Tedman. He was the last Station WO at RAF Upwood, before its hand-over to the US forces in 1981.

WO Tedman was on one of the 1st flights into Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped on the city in World War II.

World War I

A World War I artificial arm. One of a number of WW1 artificial limbs in the Old Stable Block

Royal Observer Corps

The Royal Observer Corps used these, and similar guides, as training aids during and after World War II. The Penguin guides were reproduced in facsimile in the 1990s, but these are originals.

A ROC unit was based in Ramsey until 1991, with its lookout post at the top of Biggin Lane, where the footpath crosses the lane. All that remains is a flattened area of bare earth.

Ramsey Railways

A photograph from the archives, taken in 1914, showing soldiers departing Ramsey North Station.

There is an extensive set of photographs and documents about the Ramsey railways in the archives. See the Index of Archive Binders for details.