The Naval Radar Trust was formed in 1985 with the intention of assembling a set of archives on British Naval Radar. The plan was that this would form an historical record of this aspect of WWII. The Trust was supported by Professor John Coales and many other influential scientists and naval personnel associated with WWII radar.
The Trust was wound up c1998 shortly after the deaths of John Coales and Derek Howse.
The papers gathered by the members of the Naval Radar Trust mostly consist of reminiscences by over 150 staff who worked on British Naval Radar during WWII. These reminiscences survive in letters and transcripts of interviews, as well as some original technical papers retained by interviewees. The Trust also gathered material from other sources such as the Public Record Office and publications, therefore copies survive here of relevant material held elsewhere. The collection also includes the papers of the pioneering radio engineer Eric Megaw, a key figure in the development of the magnetron and cavity magnetron.
The papers of the Naval Radar Trust were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Professor J. F. Coales in 1995 and 1999.
The papers remain in the order in which they were deposited.
The collection is owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.