The war ended in 1945, and the Americans left in December.
In 1948, the land returned to use for agricultural purposes, and soon after that, a family moved into the tower and turned it into a private dwelling.
In 1988, the tower was abandoned, and left to the ravages of time...
In 1992, The Rougham Tower Association (RTA) was formed by a group of local people with the intention of restoring the tower as close to it's original state as possible, and turn it into an aviation museum.
During the restoration, repair was carried out on the 12" thick concrete roof, as water ingress had caused steel reinforcing to corrode. Major structural work was also carried out on the outer walls.
Once this was completed, a new visual control room was built on the roof.
Eventually the rooms in the tower were filled with artefacts.
The nissen huts also have various displays inside them, including aircraft parts that have been recovered from crash sites throughout Suffolk and Norfolk.
Late in 2016, work started on the kitchen area (the old group radar building).
This building is now used as a tearoom and a meeting room.
A memorial has also been erected using an engine from an aircraft based at Rougham, which was forced down off the coast of Lowestoft.
If you wish to visit the museum, entry is free.
Donations are always welcome to help with the on going restoration.
We are open every Sunday, between 10am and 4pm, from Easter to October.
If you would like to become a member of the RTA, please pick up an application form during your visit, or request one by email.
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Rougham Tower Association
Registered Charity No. 1069934
Rougham Control Tower Aviation Museum
Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds
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