Volunteers and staff at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex, have been working hard to create a new museum, which will be first showcased to the public on Good Friday, reports Aviation News.
Ivor Dallinger, Honorary Museum Curator at Stow Maries, said: “I am very proud of what our team has achieved. It has been a very intense few months as we wanted to create a fitting tribute to the men and women who served in 37 (Home Defence) Squadron during the Great War, and we hope that our visitors will enjoy it.”
From Friday 25 March, those visiting the new museum will learn about the aerodrome through an interactive history of the site with examples of how a bedroom and the Station Armoury would have looked, plus will find out about the history of the Women’s Royal Air Force at the site. Children can experience the joy of sitting in a simulated Sopwith 1½ Strutter which has been worked on by volunteers.
Visitors will also learn about the history of the first blitz on London and the home front, including the bombing of Poplar School in East London during 1917. There’s also a Squadron Museum, hangars of late production and replica Great War aircraft, plus a wartime-themed café.
Throughout 2016 Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome will be hosting a programme of commemorative activities in its centenary year, including Fly-ins and special events to commemorate the role of the servicemen and women of 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
Stow Maries is open to the public from 10am – 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Pre-arranged group visits, including coach trips, are also welcome to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children under 16 visit free with adult tickets costing £8. For more information: www.stowmaries.org.uk