Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

Airport House, Croydon entrance to Booking Hall

Built in 1928, it's official title was Air Port of London, Croydon. This was the UK's international airport through the 1920's and 30's. It was the home base to Britain's national airline, Imperial Airways. Many world record breaking flights began and ended here from famous pilots such as Amy Johnson and Charles Kingsford- Smith.
It was first established as an RFC Station during WWI and was also a frontline RAF Station during the Battle of Britain in WWII.
The Croydon Airport Visitor Centre comprises two galleries in the airport’s old control tower, with displays and rare artifacts telling the history of the world’s first international airport.

Venue Type:

Transport heritage site, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

First Sunday of every month 11:00 - 16:00 and Open House London weekend. Other open days announced via website www.croydonairportsociety.org.uk

Admission charges

FREE, donations welcome.

Getting there

Located on the A23 Purley Way. Take the 119 or 289 bus. Nearest Train stations:- East Croydon, Waddon and Purley.

Additional info

Toilets. Restaurant on site. Free parking.

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Persepolis Expedition iutside plane

Flying to the Past: Croydon to Persepolis

  • 26 September 2015 1-4:30pm

A tour of Croydon Airport between 1-2pm will be followed by a seminar in the neighbouring Aerodrome Hotel. The Human Adventure, a 1935 film on archaeology in the Middle East produced by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago will be screened together with photographs taken by the Imperial Airways pilot chartered for the expedition, Captain Gordon P. Olley, from Croydon Airport Society's archives. Introductory talks by academics Lindsay Allen (Kings College London) and Amara Thornton and Michael McCluskey (University College London's Filming Antiquity project www.filmingantiquity.com) will explore the connections between aviation, archaeology and discovering the past in the 1930s.

Airport tour 1-2pm; Seminar at Aerodrome Hotel 2.30-4.30pm)

Croydon Airport & Aerodrome (Hallmark) Hotel, Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 0XZ

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

https://flyingtothepastcroydon.eventbrite.co.uk

Plane and Josephine Baker

Croydon Airport Calling Josephine Baker

  • 8 October 2015 6-7pm

Join historian Dr Gemma Romain to find out why performer, singer and actor Josephine Baker made a flying visit to Croydon Airport in 1928 through the exploration of virtually unknown photographs from Croydon Airport Society's archives. Croydon Airport was at the heart of the cultural world of 1920s & 30s London. This talk explores the often unacknowledged integral part of Black artists, musicians and activists played in creating this vibrant cultural world.

Gemma Romain is a historian and researcher based at The Equiano Centre, University College London. Her work explores Caribbean and Black British history, with a particular focus on Black LGBTQ histories. Her biography of Patrick Nelson, a black gay artist model and student in interwar London will be published by Bloomsbury Academic. She is also co-curator of Spaces of Black British Modernisn, which is on display at Tate Britain until 4 October 2015.

Organised by Croydon Airport Society as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Activities Space, Museum of Croydon
Croydon Clocktower
Croiydon
CR9 1ET

Website

https://croydonairportbaker.eventbrite.co.uk

Control Tower

Museums at Night: Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

  • 31 October 2015 6-9pm

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre opens its doors for at Museums at Night. Visit the magnificent terminal building from 1928, which set a new standard for air travel, for the first time after hours. It was the world’s biggest and most advanced airport until the 1940s.

On this special evening, the Booking Hall will be open with tours to the visitor centre and control tower. We will hear about some ghostly sightings on this Halloween eve. Prepare to be thrilled and chilled.

Organised by Croydon Airport Society as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded project Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Getting there

Located on the A23 Purley Way. Take the 119 or 289 bus. Nearest Train stations:- East Croydon, Waddon and Purley.

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre
Airport House,
Purley Way
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 0XZ
England

Website

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre is a volunteer led community museum operated by the Croydon Airport Society

www.croydonairportsociety.org.uk

E-mail

info@croydonairportsociety.org.uk

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