One of Norfolk’s most unusual monuments: Langham Dome stands on the edge of a ghost airfield close to the coast and looks very much like a tiny planetarium, like a chocolate bombe or a steamed pudding, but about 18 feet high, made of reinforced concrete. Built in 1942 to train anti-aircraft gunners, the dome was painted white and formed a screen onto which moving pictures of aircraft were projected. A mock gun with a yellow beam and realistic sound effects was used by trainees to aim and shoot at targets – the trainer could see the beam, but the trainee (who wore yellow goggles) could not. Now a wonderful little museum, it reopened on May 27th.
A visit to the Dome offers a unique opportunity to journey back in time and experience what life was like for those who used the Dome and served at RAF Langham, an active airfield for 18 years, which played a key role in both world war 2 and the cold war. Experience lively displays and hands-on activities which make it a fantastic place to visit with the whole family. Walk in the footsteps of the service men and women who were stationed at Langham during and after World War 2 and hear inspiring stories of their bravery and sacrifice; Marvel at the ingenious way in which the Dome solved the great problems in the most perplexing and desperate times to be alive. Enjoy thought-provoking displays and learn more about the Dome from friendly and knowledgeable volunteers; Try your hand at Morse code using a functioning Wellington bomber radio; Explore an interactive model of the airfield; Play table-top board games to find out more about military missions and daily life at RAF Langham; Get suited in their smart RAF uniform and check out if you rock the Top Gun look.
Where can I find the Langham Dome?
Head on down to learn all the history you can take in at the Langham Dome.
- From 10am-4pm
- April and May
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- June and October
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- April and May
- Plus all Bank Holidays throughout the Year
- Adults: £6.50
- Children (5 – 16-year-olds): £2.50
- Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £16
- Friends of Langham Dome: FREE
- Groups: negotiable via the Phone number provided below
- All prices include a Gift Aided donation
- Partnered with the RAF Radar Museum at Neatishead so get a £1 discount on the Radar Museum ticket