Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Planes from RAF Museum Cosford
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The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is home to over 75 historic aircraft and offers a fun, entertaining day out for the entire family. Aircraft on display include the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Plus, visitors can now see the museum’s latest acquisition, the VC10 displayed alongside the Hercules.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Admission free.
A car parking charge is payable.

75 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.

Aircraft on display include the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Plus, visitors can now see the museum’s latest acquisition, the VC10 displayed alongside the Hercules.

Set amongst the museum’s collection of warplanes, three iconic First World War aircraft; the Sopwith Pup, Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter and the Bristol M.1c form the centre piece of the ‘First World War in the Air’ Exhibition. Displayed alongside the aircraft are the personal items of Second Lieutenant Kevin Robert Furniss of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), who lived only a few miles from Cosford in Wolverhampton.

In addition to aircraft, the museum is home to a number of smaller unique exhibitions including the NEW ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus – a life of a pioneering aviator’, Lucky Mascots and RAF Boy Entrants. Plus, in Hangar 1 you will find the 1:1 scale Airfix Spitfire model built by TV Presenter James May.

Collection details

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

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.
Open Cockpits Weekend

Open Cockpits Weekend

  • 17 — 18 October 2020 10am-4pm

Our Open Cockpits Weekend events will be held from 10.00am until 4.00pm giving guests plenty of time to gain access / close view the aircraft selected and enjoy all the Museum hangars and facilities.

During the day, guests will be able to speak to many of our experienced and highly knowledgeable staff and volunteers who will be able to share aircraft information and answer any questions you may have.

The list of aircraft available for close viewing and access and the location of these will be shown in the list below shortly

Access into the cockpits is via sets of ladders, you must be physically able to climb these and lift your legs in and out of the cockpits. A minimum height requirement of 1.07 metres applies. Please note that size of cockpits vary, if the museum feels that it is not safe or possible for you to access a cockpit we reserve the right to refuse access. Please read the terms and conditions on the ticket booking page before making payment.

Tickets cost £13.50 per person and can be purchased in advance.
Please note parking charges are included in the ticket price.

All those attending the event will require a ticket. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

We have produced a special Log Book which can be purchased for just a £1.00 in advance, allowing you to keep a record during the event!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets cost £13.50 per person and can be purchased in advance.
Please note parking charges are included in the ticket price.

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26245?catID=25565&

RAF Conservation

Conservation Centre Open Week

  • 9 — 14 November 2020

For one week only, visitors will be able to view progress behind-the-scenes being made on a range of aircraft. Not only will visitors get the chance to view rare aircraft but the chance to speak to Museum Technicians, Apprentices and Volunteers who will be available throughout the week to speak with visitors about their work and answer any questions you may have on their current projects.

The Open Week will run 10.15am - 1.00pm

Admission is £6.00 per adult for the Open Week event (Children under 16 accompanied by an adult free)

Please note tickets can also be purchased on arrival from the Visitor Centre or at the Conservation Centre on the day.

Serving personnel are entitled to free admission on production of ID.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission is £6.00 per adult for the Open Week event (Children under 16 accompanied by an adult free)

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/26050?catID=25434&

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org/cosford

http://www.rafmuseum.mobi

http://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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