Experimental Department

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Experimental Department
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Department overview
Formed1917
Dissolved1941
Superseding department
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom
HeadquartersAdmiralty Building
Whitehall
London
Department executive
  • Superintendent of Experiments
Parent DepartmentDepartment of Admiralty

The Experimental Department was an Admiralty Department created in 1917 it existed until 1941 when it was renamemd the Admiralty Signal Establishment

History

The Admiralty Experimental Department was set up in 1917 at HM Signal School, Portsmouth [1], to coordinate research work undertaken since 1896 on the Torpedo School ships HMS Defiance and HMS Vernon (shore establishment). Concern had already arisen in 1940 as regards the vulnerability of the Signal School to Luftwaffe bombing, but a raid in the autumn of 1940 brought matters to a head, and the move was initiated. In April 1941 the Experimental Department was renamed the Admiralty Signal Establishment (ASE)[2]

Timeline

  • Admiralty Experimental Department, (1917-1941)
  • Admiralty Signal Establishment, (1941-1948)
  • Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment, Portsmouth (1948-1959)
  • Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment (ASWE), Portsdown, Portsmouth (1959-1984)

References

  1. Archives, The National. "Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment and predecessors: Records". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archives, U.K, 1918-1983, ADM 220. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. Archives, The National. "Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment and predecessors: Records". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. National Archives, U.K, 1918-1983, ADM 220. Retrieved 24 December 2017.