Imperial War Museum appeals for public help in ambitious Historic Duxford exhibition project

By Richard Moss | 25 February 2011
a colour photo of a young man dressed in World War Two period RAF uniform
RAF Duxford played an important role during the Battle of Britain
As military and aviation museums go, the Imperial War Museum’s Cambridge outpost at Duxford is probably one of the most evocative. Covering a sprawling 300-acre site, the museum sits on - and within - an historic airfield established at the end of the First World War.

During World War Two it played an important role in the Battle of Britain and was used by the US Air Force as a fighter base before reverting to the RAF as a jet fighter and training base in the post war years.

Now the museum has launched a new project to bring the fascinating story of this famous RAF station and airfield to life and is asking the public to help them.

The museum wants to hear the public’s thoughts relating to the first phase of the Historic Duxford project, which will see the creation of a new permanent exhibition situated in the old Watch Office where the Duty Pilot observed each day’s flying activities.

Restored to its former glory, it is intended that the building will house the story of Duxford told through the eyes of the men and women who worked at this iconic fighter station.

Members of the public are encouraged to come forward with stories of friends or family members who worked at RAF Duxford, memories of wartime Duxford or of friends or relatives who were involved with the fighter station in some way.

Duxford’s exhibitions team is hosting a presentation about Historic Duxford on Thursday March 10 at 7pm in the Marshall Auditorium in AirSpace. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give comments at the end of the presentation.

In the meantime, memories, thoughts or comments can also be emailed to Carl Warner, Exhibitions Manager, at cwarner@iwm.org.uk
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