Shoreham Airport Historical Association and Archive
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The services offered at the Visitor Centre include an introduction to the aviation world to anybody of any age and above all with any interest. Our knowledge is kept alive by the expertise of our volunteers and the careful attention to detail in our research.
For those wishing to experience the world of aviation we have regular airport guided tours and our Visitor Centre is full of interesting displays relating to Shoreham's history.
Official Airport Guided Tours:
Our Airport Guided Tours are designed to be informative, educational and, above all, enjoyable. School groups of any age are made very welcome as we can fulfil the needs of the National Curriculum - Air Transport section, through to retired persons groups who want an enjoyable day out recalling their past service days, Shoreham was operational in both World Wars!
The Visitor Centre:
The Centre contains many examples of memorabilia from Shoreham's distinguished past in addition to the souvenir sales counter for the casual visitor to the airport. Amongst our sales items there are a number of inexpensive leaflets detailing Shoreham's history and the 1930's Art-Deco Terminal Building.
Archive, Museum, Transport heritage site
The Centre is normally open 7 days-a-week, 10am to 5pm. If you are making a special trip, please telephone in advance.
Individual visitors are welcome to join one of our many public tours but booking in advance is essential.
There is no admission charge to the Visitor Centre, although we do ask for a small donation if you should feel your visit worthwhile.
A small charge is made for the Guided Tours.
The Archive houses a massive collection of photographs and literature dating back 95 years. In addition, we also publish a quarterly journal which contains a large degree of research material. Shoreham can boast one of the most comprehensive archives of all general aviation airports. We are always delighted to hear from anybody interested in Shoreham, from veteran pilot to general visitor.
Aircraft Restoration & New Build Projects:
Our projects are very carefully selected to promote the Archive and to supply our visitors with a good understanding of how technology has developed at Shoreham. At present we have a 1910 Lee-Richards Annular Biplane replica which provides an excellent tool in which to explain the differences in aircraft in the pioneering years and also represents an early design of aeroplane which was later to be developed at Shoreham into a successful monoplane.
We have recently created a 1935 Pou de Ciel or to many of us better known as the 'Flying Flea'. The Flea played an important part of Shoreham's history when the demonstrator model of this peculiar aeroplane was flown by its creator, Henri Mignet, at the Official Opening Day of the Municipal Airport, 13th June 1936. The Archive can now boast a 'Flying Flea' which has been built to the original 1935 specification.
Archives, Aviation, Weapons and War