Where to park, meet and start the walk
We will meet in Malvern Priory Church Yard at 10am for the start of our walk, just outside the main entrance. For those arriving by car we suggest you park either at the Priory Road, pay and display car park, and then it is a short walk uphill to The Priory or there is usually street parking available around Great Malvern Railway station, but a longer uphill walk to The Priory.
About the Walk
The walk is being led by Mike Burstow of Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS) and Patrick Fallon of Malvern Civic Society (MCS).
Malvern has a wonderful heritage of being at the centre of some key developments in STEM over the centuries and the walk is intended to bring this story to life by visiting buildings and places that played their part in this story. We start as far back as the 12th century and end up almost at the present day.
We start by visiting The Priory and spend time in the graveyard looking at one or two interesting grave stones. We will then walk towards the Priory Road exit to look at an interesting piece of artwork that tells a story.
From Priory Gardens we then move to various key locations around the town that played an important part in the development of such things as radar during the 1940’s, nuclear development leading to the development of the Cyclotron and other key developments.
We then end the walk at Great Malvern railway station with some fascinating information on the development of the car industry in Malvern.
How to keep these stories alive
Finally, Mike Burstow will tell us about MRATHS vision to open a Science History Centre in Malvern, both to house their unique collection of artefacts and to open to the public as an interactive centre to tell the stories, some of them you will have heard on the walk today, about the people and the science behind the many world changing ideas that originated in this town.
Whilst Malvern Civic Society does not charge for these type of walks we will, on this occasion, ask for donations towards funding this project together with MRATHS and The Priory. This would help all three organisations keep these stories alive and relevant for future generations.
Other important information
This is a town walk so we advise you to wear sturdy shoes. You will be covering roughly 3 miles on pavements taking up to 2 hours. We are limiting this walk to a maximum of 20 people so rather than just turning up we are requesting that you book a place on this walk by going to the website: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk. The walk is free, you will not be asked for your card details when booking.