Monday 5 April 2010

North Weald Airfield Museum

Yesterday, quite by accident (even if my wife doesn't believe me) I stumbled upon the North Weald Airfield Museum and Memorial. The museum is in the village of North Weald and is situated at what used to be the entrance to the RAF North Weald fighter base. This was established in 1916 by the then Royal Flying Corps and became an important part of Britain's air defence network during the Second World War.

Inside the museum are several rooms packed with interesting memorabilia, photographs and models. One room contains the Alan Luton collection of models. For this weekend only, further models from this collection are on display in an upper room. Over 200 aircraft are represented in exquisite detail and the builder is on hand to answer questions.

This is an extremely interesting and friendly museum (I've never been offered Tea and Biscuit's in any other museum!) and the staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable. Open from 12:00-5:00pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays entry is a modest £2 for adults and £1.50 for concessions. If your stuck for something to do today and you live close enough then I thoroughly recommend this excellent museum.

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