Events, Latest News and Features

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 cranwellaviation@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Events

Exhibition: Gallantry in the Air Exhibition, open until Sunday 24 March 2019

To mark the centenary of the RAF, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s exhibition will commemorate the RAF crew who were decorated for their bravery. Many of the airmen featured in this exhibition gained the highest award for their valour with some of them paying the ultimate price.

Christmas Present Trails, Saturday 1 to Friday 21 December

Help Molly the Mill Mouse, Dora the Duck and Charlie the Crane find their lost presents. Each venue has its own family trail - so explore these fascinating places looking for clues before claiming your own Christmas gift.

50p per trail

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CONNECTING PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum have created a memory box enabling people living with dementia to connect with fond memories and explore their youth. Memory boxes are designed to help recall events and people from the past which can stimulate conversation with loved ones. 

The memory box is available to hire by residential homes and community organisations for only £3 per week; and has been put together to enable people living with dementia to connect with the items by being able to touch, and use other senses which become more important as Alzheimer’s progresses.

Items in memory box

“The items we have selected for the box cover a number of decades.” Says Museum Supervisor, Angela Riley. “Alzheimer’s is normally associated with the elderly but unfortunately in some cases individuals can be much younger and we want to make sure that as many people as possible can make a connection with these items.

“We hope that local residential homes and community groups will enjoy using the memory box to inspire conversation and share memories with each other.”

Staff at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum are also Dementia Friends, having attended a Dementia Friends information session supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.

For more information click on the memory box tab.

EXHIBITION EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

Due to popular demand, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum’s current exhibition ‘Gallantry in the Air’ will remain open to the public until Sunday 24 March 2019. This exhibition originally opened on 1 April of this year to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force honouring the aircrew who were decorated for their bravery during World War 2.

Items in exhibition

The exhibition features RAF personnel who were awarded UK gallantry medals including Guy Gibson who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), Distinguished Service Order & Bar (DSO) and Distinguished Flying Cross & Bar (DFC). Gibson was most famous for leading No. 617 Squadron during the Dam Busters raid in 1943 and was awarded the VC, the highest award of the UK’s honours system. Two of the others that feature are Leonard Cheshire who was awarded the VC, DSO & 2 Bars, DFC; and ‘Ginger ‘Lacey, one of the RAF’s highest scoring fighter pilots during World War 2, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal & Bar.

Museum Supervisor, Angela Riley said:

“We’ve had fantastic response to Gallantry in the Air! Visitors have travelled far and wide to see this exhibition and we have received some really positive comments. We’re pleased to be able to extend the opening of this exhibition to enable more visitors to be able come and discover just a number of men who did enormously brave acts.” 

To make ‘Gallantry in the Air’ particularly relevant to Lincolnshire, many of the aircrew that are featured were based in the County at some point during their Service careers. Regardless of origin or background, these heroic individuals were determined to serve their country in a time of war and some had to apply to do so on more than one occasion before they succeeded in becoming aircrew.

Many of the airmen, featured in the exhibition, gained the highest award for their valour with some of them paying the ultimate price. Regardless of their individual circumstances, they all shared at least one thing in common - their incredible acts of ‘Gallantry in the Air’.

This exhibition will remain open to the public until Sunday 24 March 2019. Admission is free.

CAN YOU SPARE SOME TIME?

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

The tourism team at North Kesteven District Council are looking for new, enthusiastic volunteers to join their team.

Opportunities are available at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and Navigation House.

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 01529 308102 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY

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.