top of page
Homepage Aircraft Hangar Icon
COLLECTION  > DISPLAY ROOMS > Royal Observer Corps Room


Royal Observer Corps Room at the Ulster Aviation Society


The Royal Observer Corps ("ROC") Room, located within the Ulster Aviation Society will allow you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of the ROC during the Cold War, with a particular focus on its significant role within the context of Northern Ireland.


This meticulously curated exhibit serves as a testament to the dedication and unwavering commitment of the ROC volunteers who diligently safeguarded our region during this tumultuous era.

During the height of the Cold War, the ROC played a vital role in monitoring and reporting potential nuclear threats. In Northern Ireland, their presence was particularly crucial, given the region's strategic location.

Royal Observer Corps' HQ 31 Group Belfast Sign and Monitoring Post diagram at the UAS


The ROC established a comprehensive network of observation posts and reporting centres, meticulously placed across the landscape, from the rugged coastlines to the remote countryside. These dedicated volunteers were on constant alert, ensuring that no potential enemy activity from the 'Red Threat' went unnoticed.

Hazmat suit and Gas Mask at the entrance to the Royal Observer Corps room at the Ulster Aviation Society


The room provides a captivating glimpse into the workings of this extraordinary organisation. Immerse yourself in the past as you explore the meticulously preserved artefacts and exhibits.


Marvel at the vintage equipment used by ROC observers to monitor nuclear fallout and assess its potential impact. Discover the communication systems employed to relay critical information swiftly and accurately.


The room also showcases personal stories, photographs, and documents that offer an intimate insight into the daily lives and experiences of ROC volunteers stationed in Northern Ireland.

As you explore the ROC Room, you will gain a deep appreciation for the tireless dedication displayed by these brave men and women. Their commitment to civil defence, emergency response, and maintaining constant vigilance against potential threats during the Cold War shaped the very fabric of our society.

The Ulster Aviation Society is proud to preserve the legacy of the ROC and its invaluable contributions to Northern Ireland's history during the Cold War. Through this immersive experience, we aim to raise awareness of this often overlooked aspect of our past and pay homage to the unsung heroes who safeguarded our nation's security.


Visit the ROC Room at the Ulster Aviation Society and embark on a journey through time, where you will encounter the stories, artefacts, and memories that form a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Royal Observer Corps.

bottom of page