Rachel Boon

 Rachel Face


The Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill, 1933 – 1965 

My PhD is one of three projects exploring the history of the Post Office Research Stations, a collaboration between the Science Museum, BT Archives and the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and University College London.

I am looking at the work undertaken at the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill during the Second World War and post-war period up to the 1960s when the department began relocating to Martlesham Heath, Ipswich.

I am interested in understanding how research was directed and managed at Dollis Hill, what the relationship was between the Post Office and the telecommunications industry and exploring how the Post Office promoted the work of the Research Branch to the public.

In 2012 I completed my MSc in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at CHSTM, University of Manchester. Between 2012 and 2015 I worked at the Science Museum, first as an Assistant Curator then as a Content Developer on the temporary exhibition ‘Churchill’s Scientists’.