Solway Aviation Museum of classic Cold War jets expands and launches new volunteer drive

By Richard Moss | 16 February 2011
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a photo of a schoolboy standing in the bomb bay of Vulcan bomber with a museum volunteer
A volunteer explains the working of the bomb bay of a Vulcan bomber at Solway Aviation Musem© Solway Aviation Society
One of the UK’s precious volunteer-run aviation museums has received some welcome news this week as they look to expand and get more people involved.

Solway Aviation Museum at Carlisle Airport - home to an impressive collection of historic aircraft including Cold War classics the Vulcan, Vampire, Canberra and Phantom - has been offered more space for its precious exhibits. 

Two adjoining buildings have been allocated by the airport to allow the museum to open a new workshop and a further display area. The museum is now hoping to increase its opening hours and attract more volunteers who are interested in helping out but perhaps feel they don’t know enough about aviation.

“We're not expecting volunteers to have lots of experience, only an enthusiasm to get involved,” explained the Museum Managing Director, David Price. “We can provide training where necessary and we have members from all walks of life. Age is no problem either - our oldest volunteer is 92 and our youngest is 18.”

Like many specialist museums, Solway is independent with charitable status and staffed solely by volunteers. It is also the only museum of its kind left in Cumbria and relies on support from members of the general public and local private businesses who give donations of goods and services.
  • Anyone interested in getting involved is invited to attend a meeting at the museum on February 22 2011 from 7.30 pm, or contact Fred Chipchase, the museum's manning officer, on 016977 46070.
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