Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Air Force Museum
Grahame Park Way
Colindale
London
Greater London
NW9 5LL
England

Website

www.rafmuseum.org/london

E-mail

Groups

groups@rafmuseum.org

Public Events

whatson@rafmuseum.org

Department of Research & Information Services

research@rafmuseum.org

School & Scout Trips

learning-london@rafmuseum.org

Telephone

Main Switchboard Number

020 8205 2266

Fax

020 8200 1751

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Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself.

Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. The Aeronauts Interactive Centre offers hands-on entertainment and education for all ages and includes cockpit controls, co-ordination tests, engine lifting, air speed, drop zone, pilot testing and more.

New for 2011, take your visit to the next dimension by entering the Museum's 4D Theatre and discover how it feels to glide amongst the clouds. Don't forget to explore the Grahame-White Watch Office, the museum's latest permanent exhibition, which will transport you back to the pioneering days of flight at Hendon during the Edwardian period.

The onsite museum shop is packed with models, toys and gift items as well as exclusive magazines, books and videos. There is also a cafe and licensed restaurant and picnic area to take care of catering needs. Pay and Display Parking available.

A FREE, fun and fantastic day out for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 1000-1800

Open Bank holidays except Christmas Period

Closed: 24 - 26 December, 1 January and between 9 - 13 January 2012

Admission charges

Admission is FREE to the Museum. A responsible adult must accompany children under 16 at all times. Please note, the museum now levies a small car-parking charge for vehicles. This is £2.50 per vehicle for a stay of up to 3 hours and £3.50 per vehicle for a stay of up to 6 hours.

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Additional info

Research Department open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Department in the first instance to arrange an appointment to meet with a curator.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Costume and Textiles, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the RAF

Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the RAF

  • 1 November 2013 — 20 April 2014 *on now

In two World Wars black people from the Caribbean, Africa and from Britain volunteered to serve in the Royal Air Force. These volunteers fought, and died, for the Mother Country and for freedom, and thereby helped to preserve the values and the heritage they shared with their white comrades. The tradition of service to the Crown continues today, and the RAF is proud to welcome new generations of black volunteers into its ranks.

In a brand new exhibition, curated in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives, the Royal Air Force Museum will tell in ‘Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force' the inspirational story of these volunteers, commemorating and celebrating their vital contribution to the defence of Britain, her Empire and Commonwealth.

The exhibition will also highlight the RAF's success in embracing diversity and also demonstrate how the rich, cosmopolitan nature of modern Britain owes much to the black men and women who wore air force blue.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/pilots-of-the-caribbean-volunteers-of-african-he/

RAF Photographer of the Year Exhibition

RAF Photographer of the Year - 2013

  • 14 January — 20 April 2014 *on now

Back by popular request, we will be displaying once again the "Royal Air Force Photographer of the Year" exhibition in Milestones of Flight.

Taken by serving Personnel, this exhibition offers the public behind-the-scenes access to the lives of our Boys and Girls at work, rest and play - both at home and in the field whilst giving insight into how the Royal Air Force has developed into the multicultural Service that it is today.

This exhibition will be displayed on boards next to the RAF Today of our Milestones of Flight Gallery, with the images simultaneous beamed onto glass panels located in the RAF Today Area.

For further information, please telephone 020 8205 2266.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/raf-photographer-of-the-year/

Britain From Above

Britain From Above

  • 22 February 2014 — 31 March 2015 *on now

Aerofilms’ story begins at Hendon, an important centre for early aviation in Britain. The RAF Museum stands on the edge of the former London Aerodrome established by Claude Grahame-White in 1911. With Grahame-White’s connection to Hendon it was natural that he would later base his new business - Aerofilms Ltd – here in 1919.

Spurred on by First World War advances in aeroplane engineering and aerial reconnaissance, Aerofilms’ founders (Grahame-White and Francis Lewis Wills) spotted an opportunity to make a business out of aerial photography. With £3,000 capital and hired aeroplanes, Aerofilms Ltd was established in a suite at the London Flying Club on the London Aerodrome site, developing glass plate negatives in an adjoining bathroom. It was a new, unique venture – untried, untested, exciting and dangerous.

The exhibition, curated by English Heritage, will showcase Aerofilms’ unique aerial archive as well as its early years at Hendon and its role in the Second World War. Aerofilms’ commercial work was interrupted by the Second World War. In May 1940 Aerofilms was requisitioned by the Air Ministry, the firm’s aerial interpretation skills making an invaluable contribution to the war effort as part of the highly successful Central Interpretation Unit at RAF Medmenham in Buckinghamshire. After the war, Aerofilms once again took to the skies, photographing the rapidly changing face of Britain’s urban centres and rural landscapes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/britain-from-above/

Hendon Model Show

IPMS Hendon Model Show

  • 11 May 2014 10am-5:30pm

The Hendon Model Show is now in its sixth year and is a regular calendar event at the Royal Air Force Museum.

The show features displays of static models from over 40 exhibitors which include:

Miniature figures
Model aircraft
Ships
Vehicles
Science fiction subjects
Car model Model Aircraft Model ship

The Bomber Hall will host a large road layout which features working lorries and cranes all lit with miniature lighting systems - a definite hit with children!

In 2014 there will be thirty trade stands selling modelling products, reference books, magazines and kits at competitive prices and these are located in the Dermot Boyle wing (behind the Supermarine Stranraer).

2013 IPMS Model Show

The Museum's shop carries an extensive range of the two most popular model kit brands; Airfix and Revell. As the sponsors of the show Airfix and Revell provide generous prizes for the open model competition, which features thirteen different classes of model, including the ever popular junior section.

IPMS 2013 Show Stand

The theme of the 2014 show will be the commemoration of the start of the First World War. All models of subjects from this era are particularly welcome. Other attractions on the day will include lectures from specialist model makers to the film and TV world and the AGM of the International Plastic Modeller's Society.

If you would like to exhibit at the IPMS Hendon Model Show please contact the club directly: www.ipmsbarnet.co.uk

Flypast

There will be a flypast on Sunday 11th May 2014. An Avro Lancaster will pass over the museum - keep an eye on our website for more details on timings.

Model Futures

Find out about Model Futures, an event that looks at model making within TV and Film.

More Information
Entry to the event is free of charge. For more information please email whatson@rafmuseum.org or call 0208 358 4997

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/ipms-hendon-model-show/

Biggles and Chums - First World War watercolours and works on paper by Captain W.E. Johns and his contemporaries

Biggles and Chums - First World War watercolours and works on paper by Captain W.E. Johns and his contemporaries

  • 26 May 2014 — 4 January 2015

The Flying Services – Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service – played a very significant part in the Great War.

For the first time the fighting extended into the air above the battlefield, and this space became vital for reconnaissance of the enemy’s positions and intentions.

At sea, aeroplanes and airships were able to see far over the horizon visible from a warship, as well as spotting for submarine raiders around Great Britain’s coasts. Both sides tried to stop each other taking advantage of this over-view, and hence aerial fighting developed.

The Museum’s art exhibition will feature works on paper never exhibited before, all of them produced during or immediately after the First World War.

Aeroplanes, heroic actions, the new operational procedures of air warfare and portraits of the young men who flew, will be on display alongside a display of medals, clothing, badges, Zeppelin fragments and other exhibits.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/biggles-and-chums-first-world-war-watercolours-a/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Recreate the Snapshot

Recreate the Snapshot

  • 17 — 18 April 2014 11am-4pm *on now

Help to create one of the Britain from Above photographs using recycled materials.

On 17th and 18th April, English Heritage will be holding a one-off event for the museums visitors. Help to recreate one of the Britain from Above photographs using recycled materials.

Build planes, hangars or trees and watch the image come to life. This activity is free and for all ages, no pre-booking required just turn up and muck in!

Location: Dermot Boyle Wing, RAF Museum

Times: 11am to 4pm

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

Cost: FREE

Recommended age: 6+

Contact us via email for more information: whatson@rafmuseum.org

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/recreate-the-snapshot/

Bonhams Auctions

Bonham's Classic Car Auction

  • 26 — 28 April 2014

On Monday 28th April Bonhams will be holding its annual classic car auction in the museum's Dermot Boyle Wing.

The vehicles that will form part of the auction will be on view to the public and prospective bidders on Saturday 26th of April and Sunday 27th.

So why not drop in for a visit and enjoy the spectacle of these beautiful machines against the backdrop of our aircraft collection? All vehicles up for auction will be on display in the Museum's Bomber Command Hall and Historic Hangars.

For further details or to register your interest please contact Bonhams' London office on 0870 0273 616 or 0870 0273 643. To view a selection of lots prior to the auction, including items of motoring paraphenial that will not be on display at the Museum's London site please view the Bonhams website (details will be posted soon).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

For further details or to register your interest please contact Bonhams' London office on 0870 0273 616 or 0870 0273 643. To view a selection of lots prior to the auction, including items of motoring paraphenial that will not be on display at the Museum's London site please view the Bonhams website (details will be posted soon).

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/bonhams-classic-car-auction/

Veterans' Day

Veterans' Day - Private Event

  • 8 May 2014 10am-5:30pm

If you have served in one of the Armed Services or if you know a friend or a family member who has then our Veterans' Day on 8th May 2014 may be of interest.

It's our way of saying "Thank you" to Veterans, young and old, from all 3 services. Join us for live music, dancing, guided tours and memorabilia.

Veterans need to pre-register their places by calling the event organiser on 0208 358 4997 (Mon - Fri between 9.30 - 5.00pm) or by emailing whatson@rafmuseum.org with their name, telephone number, the names of their guests plus which Armed Service they served in.

Please note : Due to limited places available for this event we would ask that you would restrict the number of your guests to a maximum of 4

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Veterans need to pre-register their places by calling the event organiser on 0208 358 4997 (Mon - Fri between 9.30 - 5.00pm) or by emailing whatson@rafmuseum.org with their name, telephone number, the names of their guests plus which Armed Service they served in.

Please note : Due to limited places available for this event we would ask that you would restrict the number of your guests to a maximum of 4

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/veterans-day-private-event/

Model Futures

Model Futures

  • 11 May 2014 12-4pm

In a special one-day event, 'Model Futures' celebrates the art of science fiction model making in film and television with talks and presentations by industry insiders.
Since the early days of silent films, model effects - or 'miniatures' - have played an important role in creating screen illusion. With the use of models film-makers can create scenes - or even entire worlds - that would otherwise be impossible to capture on film. British film-makers have proved particularly inventive in developing the art of miniatures, allowing the UK to become a world leader in the production of science fiction and fantasy films - notable successes including 2001; A Space Odyssey, and the Star Wars, James Bond and Superman franchises. Television too has provided a showcase for model making skill, in series such as Dr.Who and Blake's 7, and most famously in the many programmes devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - among them Thunderbirds, UFO and Space:1999.

Industry Talks in the museum lecture theatre:
A one hour presentation on how the Thunderbirds episodes were made including hundreds of behind the scenes photographs
Alan Shubrook, 12noon
• Cause and Effect, 50 Years of the BBC Visual Effects Department
Mat Irvine, 1.30pm
• From Monotrains to Moonmobiles - The Art of Mike Trim
Mat Irvine in conversation with Mike Trim, 3pm

Tickets -
Tickets are now on sale, please click here to purchase yours today –
https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

We are offering two offers on tickets - use the codes provided when at the checkout
Buy two adult tickets and get a £3.00 discount on one ticket - MODELFUTURES2014
Buy two child tickets and get a £2.00 discount on one ticket - MODELFUTURESCHILD

About the speakers-
Mike Trim, Special Effects Designer
Artist and designer Mike Trim entered the film industry in 1964 after leaving Art College, when he joined Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Thunderbirds production team as a model-maker. He soon became an essential member of the team's special effects unit led by Derek Meddings, taking on the role of story board artist and designer.

During the production of Thunderbirds, and its successors Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, the Secret Service and UFO, Mike was given the task of designing dozens of futuristic craft and installations, all of which would be constructed in miniature by the studio's model making team. These would then be filmed using ingenious special effects techniques to create realistic visions of the future, which still captivate viewers today.
Following the closure of the Andersons' studio Mike went on to work as an illustrator and concept artist in film and publishing, with perhaps his most famous work being the cover illustration for the Jeff Wayne 'War of the Worlds' concept album. More recently Mike's work has included revisiting the Anderson world with illustrations for the Haynes Thunderbirds manual, and commissions for Airfix box art, examples of which are featured in the museum's current exhibition.

Mat Irvine, Special Effects Designer
Mat Irvine spent over twenty year in the BBC Visual Effects Department. There he designed and created special effects and models for a variety of programmes ranging from Doctor Who and Blake's 7; through Horizon and QED and onto award-winning dramas Edge of Darkness and The Singing Detective. He also appeared in front of the cameras on Saturday morning kids' programmes such as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore, and co-presented the design and technology programme TECHNO.

Other television credits include Future Fantastic, a Tomorrow's World spin-off, which he was one of the producers and directors and Robot Wars, which he co-devised. Most recently he has worked on both new Doctor Who and its spin-off, The Sarah-Jane Adventures, for which he operated K-9. Mat has also written various books on science, special effects and model-making, most recent titles including 'BBC VFX' with colleague Mike Tucker, and 'Scale Car Modelling'. Mat regularly gives talks and presents displays of original props and models at conventions and modelling shows, and also holds regular events such as smallspace and HaMeX (Hanslope Model Expo) at his local village hall in Buckinghamshire.

Alan Shubrook, Model-Maker
After applying for a job in the art department at the Slough studios of AP Films (later Century 21 Productions) in 1966, Alan was instead taken on as model-maker in the special effects department on the strength of a model building presented at his interview. Alan continued working in the department as a model-maker and special effects assistant until the studio closed in 1970, helping to develop new model-making techniques.

During his time with the company Alan would spend spare moments photographing the work of the effects unit, building up a unique behind the scenes record of the processes they employed. After Century 21 closed, Alan entered the publishing industry, while continuing to work as a photographer.

In 2007 he published 'Century 21 FX Unseen Untold', a behind the scenes book about Century 21 featuring many of the photographs he had taken. This was followed by 'Special Effects Superman', a photographic record covering the film and television work of special effects director Derek Meddings. In addition to these books, Alan has also presented illustrated talks about his work at Century 21.

Flypast-
There will be a Lancaster flypast on Sunday 11th May - timings are to be announced

IPMS Hendon Model Show-
The Model Future Talks will run alongside the IPMS
Hendon Model Show which takes place between 10am and 6pm at the museum.

More Information-
If you would like more information please email whatson@rafmuseum.orgor call the event organiser on 0208 358 4997.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets -
Tickets are now on sale, please click here to purchase yours today –
https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

We are offering two offers on tickets - use the codes provided when at the checkout
Buy two adult tickets and get a £3.00 discount on one ticket - MODELFUTURES2014
Buy two child tickets and get a £2.00 discount on one ticket - MODELFUTURESCHILD

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/model-futures/

Public Service Broadcasting

Museums at Night: Public Service Broadcasting

  • 15 — 17 May 2014
Sorry, fully booked

London based musical duo, Public Service Broadcasting are to play three exclusive gigs in a secret location at the Museum as part of Museums at Night 2014.
In addition to Public Service Broadcasting’s set you can expect a night of 40’s 50’s and 60’s themed entertainment: the chance to take part in a mission to knit plane in a recreation 1940’s living room, whilst being serenaded by a live cabaret singer; a 50’s and 60’s Silent Disco, and traditional games of giant snakes and ladders – all taking place within the shadow of an RAF Lancaster Bomber.

The band will play in a secret location at the museum.... join in the fun when the doors open at 7.30pm!

The museum will provide a fitting back drop for the pair as they perform their debut release – The War Room EP - in its entirety.

Granted unique access to propaganda films from WWII-era Britain by the BFI, the band perform in front of breathtaking visuals to a soundtrack atmospheric synths, pounding drums, Krautrock guitars and poignant piano - beaming the past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projections.

Tickets

Tickets are now available - to buy yours please click here.
https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Doors open at 7.30pm. This event is for over 18's only.

Dress up

Guests are invited to dress up in either 40's, 50's or 60's fashion. If you're stuck for inspiration then look no further - we are here to advise!

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/Events/London/Dress20up.pdf

Getting Here

Underground: Colindale Underground Station

Buses: 303 stops right outside the Museum. Better yet, it starts right outside Colindale Tube Station.

Rail: Travel to Mill Hill Broadway. We’re 20 minutes walk (1.9km) from the station, or enjoy a short, convenient journey on the 303 bus

When using SatNav to visit the museum please use the postcode NW9 5QW

Social

Public Service Broadcasting: follow Public Service Broadcasting via their Website http://publicservicebroadcasting.net/, Twitter page and Facebook page -https://twitter.com/PSB_HQ
https://www.facebook.com/PUBLICSERVICEBROADCASTING

Museums at Night 2014: Find out more about Museums at Night
http://www.culture24.org.uk//places-to-go/museums-at-night

The RAF Museum: keep up to date with the Museum via Facebook and Twitter -
https://www.facebook.com/rafmuseum
https://twitter.com/rafmuseum

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets are now available - to buy yours please click here -
https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets?branches.branchID=353

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/museums-at-night-public-service-broadcasting/

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

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