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Find out what's on at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum including latest news and events. If you would like any further information please call us on 01529 488490 during opening hours or the NKDC tourism team on 01529 308102. You can also email


Exhibition: High Flying Women – Pioneering Aviators, Saturday 1 April to Sunday 24 September     

Discover the incredible stories of women who fought against adversity to achieve aviation history. From world famous Amy Johnson to the Episcopal Priest’s wife who became a world class stunt pilot – come along and be inspired!

You can read more about this exhibition here -

Heritage Open Days, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September

Once again all three venues will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days designed to encourage visitors to explore their local history and heritage. There will be a free fun family trail at each centre on both days and you can see Cogglesford Watermill in action on Sunday.

Exhibition: Airships over Lincolnshire…Lighter than Air, Saturday 30 September to Sunday 25 March 2018

An exhibition exploring the vital role airships and hot air balloons played during WWI and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell.

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Discover the history of military and civilian balloons and airships in Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s latest exhibition due to open at the end of this month.

Airships over Lincolnshire…Lighter than Air will open to the public on Saturday 30 September giving visitors the chance to explore the various types of airships, both military and commercial, and their contribution to the continuing story of this most serene mode of lighter than air transport.

The Royal Naval Air Service Central Training Establishment at Cranwell’s early operations included training in ballooning and airships at its Lighter than Air Section.  The exhibition includes detail of a selection of those airships.  The Central Training Establishment was originally home to naval aviators and subsequently personnel of the newly formed Royal Air Force, at which point the base was renamed RAF Cranwell.

“It is hard to imagine the conditions the early airship crews endured when flying an airship” says Heritage Assistant, Angela Riley. “Their control car would have been exposed to the elements, and the consequences of gettng things wrong could be disastrous”

The exhibition will also include the history of one of the early airship pioneers, Lieutenant Colonel CM Waterlow and the horrific and fatal accident that befell him in the skies over Cranwell.

To bring the story right up to date, the exhibition will also feature ‘Airlander’, a hybrid airship which today is being developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles, taking to the skies over Bedfordshire.

This exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 30 September 2017 to Sunday 25 March 2018. Admission is free.


North Kesteven District Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their tourism team.

Proud to champion tourism, NorthKesteven District Council supports four visitor centres within the District offering a unique experience for all ages.

Open to the public all year round, each venue has a distinctive story linking the site to local history, capturing the imagination of visitors young and old and giving people the opportunity to learn about their local heritage.

The tourism team at North Kesteven District Council are looking for new, enthusiastic volunteers to join their team. Working within the visitor venues, you will provide excellent customer service creating a memorable experience for all visitors.

You will have the opportunity to learn new skills including heritage skills such as milling, traditional ironworking; not to mention gaining experience in a customer service environment and meeting a wide range of new people.

Opportunities are available at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Navigation House and Welbourn Forge. You will be a part of a hardworking team who are committed to delivering results, promoting tourism wherever possible and attracting new visitors to the District.

There are no minimum hours required and times are flexible to suit you. Minimum age for all volunteers is 17 years old.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, and would like an informal discussion, please contact Theresa Hobbs on 01529 308102 or email


Royal navy personnel hoisting/mooring 2 balloons - probably rnas daedalus (raf cranwell north airfield)

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s archive contains a large quantity of photographs which detail the military history of Cranwell from its RNAS origins to the present day. 

A display of a large selection of these images has been created digitally in media presentations on permanent display. You can also view a small selection in our photo gallery.