Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Planes from RAF Museum Cosford
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The Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom.

It is home to 70 aircraft and War Planes, Missiles, Transport & Training and Research & Development collections. The National Cold War Exhibition with its interactive kiosks and hotspots offers visitors the opportunity to see what life was like behind the Iron Curtain.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10am - 5pm [last admission 4pm] Applies November - February
10am - 6pm [last admission 5pm] Applies March - October

Admission charges

Admission free.
A car parking charge is payable.

70 historic aircraft are displayed in three fully heated wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. The collection spans over 90 years of aviation history from the first crossing of the channel in 1909 and the first civil transport flight in August 1919, to Polaris, lately Britain's nuclear deterrent.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Aviation, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pilots of the Caribbean

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

  • 6 October 2014 — 31 October 2015 *on now

In two World Wars black people from the Caribbean, Africa and Britain volunteered to serve in the Royal Air Force. These volunteers fought and died for their 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.

This new exhibition at Cosford has been curated in partnership with Black Cultural Archives. It tells the inspirational story of these volunteers, commemorating and celebrating their vital contribution to the defence of Britain during two World Wars and the subsequent peace.

Website

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

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.

Nimrod Tours

  • 1 August 2015 — 31 January 2016 *on now

Following the success of our Nimrod Tours in July we have added extra dates in August!

Climb on board the Nimrod and learn about its intelligence gathering role in the Royal Air Force.
Visitors have the opportunity to get on board the aircraft with our new Nimrod Tours which last 15 minutes. You will learn the history of the aircraft, hear about the crews on board and get to see some of its sophisticated surveillance equipment.

Nimrod Tours are available on selected dates in August 2015 and tickets cost £5.00 per person (booking fee applies of 50p per person).

Tours last 15 minutes (max 6 people per tour) and time slots can be pre-booked now.

Admission

Tickets cost £5.00 per person (booking fee applies of 50p per person).

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/events/4042?catID=3646

Spot the Slang Trail

  • 1 August 2015 — 31 January 2016 *on now

The First World War brought together service personnel from different countries and backgrounds. Slang words were used to help people to describe some of their experiences and this new trail will help families work together and learn some of the terms used.

The Spot the Slang trail costs £1.00 and the word definitions can be found amongst the exhibits on site during a visit. Trails can be purchased from the Visitor Centre on arrival.

PLUS - Win a prize worth £50!

Take part in 'Spot the Slang' this August and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous hamper of goodies from the museum shop! All you need to do is purchase a trail at the museum, draw your own pilot on the back, take a photo, upload it to the Cosford Facebook page and 'like us'. The winner will be announced early September via our social media pages.

Admission

£1

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/spot-the-slang-tr/

Battle of Britain Weekend

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

The Museum will be commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, considered the most important event in Royal Air Force history.  Join us for a nostalgic weekend of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Engine Demonstrations
World War Two Ops Room
Majorie Cartwright-Jones – A 1940s Home Front Cabaret
Storytelling Sessions
Wartime Photo Booth (charges apply)
Wartime Classroom (charges apply)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire Flypast (time tbc, weather permitting)

On Sunday 13 September there will be an afternoon concert by the Glebes Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

Also on Sunday, James Holland will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Battle of Britain
Myth & Reality’.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/battle-of-britain-we/

The Battle of Britain: Myth and Reality

  • 13 September 2015 11am-12:30pm

In this talk, James Holland takes a fresh look at one of the most iconic episodes in British history, examining the story that has been passed down into folklore and assessing the performance of both sides. In doing so, he will be asking whether Britain’s victory in the summer of 1940 was even more comprehensive and significant than perhaps is widely thought.

James Holland is a historian of the Second World War, as well as a writer and broadcaster. He regularly reviews books for the Sunday Telegraph and his book ‘The Battle of Britain’, went straight into the Sunday Times top ten bestseller list.

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/the-battle-of-britain-myth-and-reality/

Battle of Britain Afternoon Concert

  • 13 September 2015 2-3pm

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a themed Orchestra Concert.

The highly decorated Glebe Symphonic Winds, one of the UK's leading wind orchestras will perform for visitors on Sunday 13 September. Taking place in the Museum's National Cold War Exhibition auditorium, this intimate musical performance will include many well-known favourites such as the Dambusters March, Barnes Wallis March and RAF March Past. The performance will begin at 2.00pm and last approximately one hour.

Tickets for the Concert are on sale now and are limited to 200.

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/battle-of-britain-afternoon-concert/

Open Cockpits Evening

  • 18 — 19 September 2015 From 6pm

This exclusive evening will commence at 6:00pm on Friday 18 September with a wide range of aircraft available for closer viewing on the night including
transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes. Visitors will be able to get a feel for what it was like to fly these much loved machines and in addition, have after-hours access to the Museum.

Admission is by advance ticket only and the numbers are limited to 300 people, enabling enthusiasts to spend as much time as possible examining these wondrous aircraft.

Tickets cost £12.50 per person for Lancaster Members and Non-Members. Lightning Members tickets cost £10.00 per person. (a booking fee of 50 pence per ticket applies)

Admission

£12.50 (£10 Lightning Members)

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/open-cockpits-evening-fri/

Flight Sim 2015

  • 3 October 2015 10am-5pm

Experience the virtual skies at the RAF Museum Cosford! We are pleased to announce that we are the venue for the flight simulation 2015 event. With two of the leading flight simulation software publishers, Just Flight and Flight 1 and in association with PC Pilot magazine visitors can see the very best in desk top flying.

This event is open to all aviation enthusiasts whether they are veteran desktop pilots, flight simulation novices or anyone thinking of getting airborne in the virtual skies for the first time.

Entrance to Flight Sim 2015 will cost £10.00 on the day and the event runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Buy tickets in advance or on the day with free admittance to Under 16’s accompanied by an adult.

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/flight-sim-2015/

Remembrance Service

  • 8 November 2015 From 10:30am

The RAF Museum will be holding a Remembrance Service paying respect to those Service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during their tours of duty.

For those wishing to pay their respect, please arrive in Hangar 1 on Sunday 8 November at 10.30am. The Service which will commence at 10.45am and will be led by the Station Chaplain RAF Cosford including a two minutes silence with the sounding of 'The Last Post'.

Lest We Forget is our online exhibition which looks at Remembrance.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/remembrance-servi/

Conservation Centre Open Week

  • 9 — 14 November 2015

The RAF Museum's award winning Conservation Centre will be opening its doors to visitors for behind-the-scenes access to aircraft conservation work for one week only. Visitors will be able to view progress being made on the Handley Page Hampden and Vickers Wellington, plus other exhibits in various stages of restoration.

Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to speak with the skilled Technicians and Apprentices about their work during the Open Week.

The Open Week will be available 10.15am - 1.00pm.

Admission

A small admission charge of £5.00 per adult will be payable for the Open Week event in 2015 (Children under 16 accompanied by an adult free). Serving personnel and Museum Lightning Members are entitled to free admission on production of ID.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/conservation-centre-open/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Science Activity Days (KS1)

During the day the children will experience two science / D&T based workshops – parachutes and helicopters.
During each workshop children will have the opportunity of working with a variety of materials.
Each workshop lasts 50 – 60 minutes.

Art

There are opportunities for students to study and observe the aircraft and artefacts held in the museum. Each visit can be structured to suit the needs of the individual school/college.

Citizenship

The focus of this workshop is co-operation and understanding between the students. The starting point can be varied to suit the needs of the group but the students are asked to consider the views and opinions of others.
Propaganda relating to WWII is a popular starting point, asking the students to identify the differences between advertising and propaganda. They get the opportunity to study real examples and produce their own poster.
There is no charge for this workshop.

Cosford Calculations

This is a series of worksheets and activity sheets designed to compliment the requirements of the Mathematics curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy.
The activities are based on the artefacts and aircraft at the museum. This workshop can be led by school or museum staff. The length of the session will be dependent on the activities chosen.

There is a charge of £3.00 for the resource book.

GNVQ Leisure & Tourism / Customer Care & Marketing

A resource booklet designed to support the requirements of the course. The booklet contains material relating to the RAF Museum and so enables ‘ real-life ‘situations to be explored.
There is a charge of £3.00 (including postage and packing) for this booklet.

GNVQ Travel & Tourism / Human Resources

A resource booklet designed to support the requirements of the course. The booklet contains material relating to the RAF Museum and so enables ‘ real-life ‘situations to be explored.
There is a charge of £3.00 (including postage and packing) for this booklet.

Let’s Fly

A session designed to give the children an insight into the various roles and operations that take place within an airport. This will include security, passport control, weighing baggage and ticket collection.
The children will take part in role-play situations. Prior to the visit the children will need to have made an individual passport to bring to the museum.
The session ends with the children boarding our BAC 1-11 aeroplane. Once on board the children will learn about meals, emergency procedures and have the opportunity to view the cockpit.
This workshop will last 45 –60 minutes. There is no charge for this workshop.

Lift off to Literacy

This is a series of worksheets and activity sheets designed to compliment the requirements of the English curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy.
The activities are based on the artefacts and aircraft at the museum. This workshop can be led by school or museum staff. The length of the session will be dependent on the activities chosen.
There is a charge of £3.00 for the resource book.

Numeracy Trail

This adult led activity is centered on Hangars 2 and 3. Children need to work in groups of 5/6 with an adult helper.
Prior to the visit schools would be sent copies of the trail and the children’s worksheets. The aim of this trail is for the children to use their mathematical skills in a different environment. Museum staff would prepare the trail prior to the visit. All the equipment needed on the day (with the exception of the worksheets) will be supplied by the museum.
This activity will take approximately 45 – 55 minutes to complete. There is no charge for this activity.

Rocket Science

This workshop enables each child to design and make a realistic rocket and launch it safely. The rockets are propelled using a unique electrically-controlled compressed air launcher.
This workshop can be held indoors or outdoors and lasts 45-60 minutes. There is a charge of £15.00 per 30 children.

Science Activity Days (KS2/3)

During the day the children will experience two science / D&T based workshops. Schools are able to choose two from the following: Rockets; Buggies and Gliders.
Each workshop lasts 45 minutes. There is a charge of £1:00 per child for this activity.

Shopping on a ration

Introducing the children to the idea of rationing and that people in World War II had to get used to eating different kinds of food.
During the session the children will get the opportunity to do their own shopping. They will be given a ‘ration book’ and have the chance to visit different ‘shops’ to buy their goods. Each child has a number of ration coupons to spend and can decide what to buy. Once the goods are bought the children glue their goods into their ‘store cupboards’.
This session requires the adult helpers to support the children when buying their goods.
The workshop will last 30-40 minutes. There is no charge for this workshop.

World War Two evacuee's experience

An opportunity for children to gain an insight into life in school in late 1939.
During this workshop the children will make a gas mask box and complete a national registration card. The children will experience the sounds of an air raid siren and falling bombs and evacuate into an Anderson shelter constructed within the confines of the Education room.
Other aspects of Wartime life can be included - rationing, propaganda, handling a collection of artefacts and uniforms. Schools can determine the actual content of each session.
This workshop will last for 50 –60 minutes. There is a charge of £1.50 per child for this workshop.

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
Cosford
Shifnal
Shropshire
TF11 8UP
England

Website

www.rafmuseum.org/cosford

www.rafmuseum.mobi

www.nationalcoldwarexhibition.org

E-mail

cosford@rafmuseum.org

Telephone

01902 376200

Fax

Museum Information Line

01902 376211

0844 561 1644

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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