RAF Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum in London has announced that the next phase of its Centenary Programme renovations will be delivered in 2018.

Plans to open two new exhibition spaces, a café, a visitor centre and a restaurant have been confirmed as part of the museum’s RAF Centenary Programme.

The project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded the RAF Museum with £4,595,600 to complete the renovations.

It’s been confirmed that two new exhibitions will open. Visitors will able to explore the first 100 years of the RAF through the stories of its people in one exhibition, and see its future contributions and uses of technology in the other.

The new visitor centre will be easily accessible for all abilities, as will the new café, shop and flexible-use spaces.

The new restaurant, meanwhile, will revitalise a disused historic building, connecting visitors with the London site’s RAF heritage.

Further plans include RAF Stories, a digital project that will contribute personal stories to enhance visitors’ understanding of the Royal Air Force. This project will be created with first-hand accounts from people connected with the RAF.

More about the Centenary Programme

The project has been put in place to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018. The first phase of this redevelopment, the First World War in the Air exhibition, supported by HLF, opened to the public in December 2014.

Further planned phases of the RAF Centenary Programme will bring to life the stories of the London Aerodrome and RAF Hendon – from which the first airmail, parachute jump, night flight and aerial defence of a city took place.

Groups planning a visit to the Royal Air Force Museum will find entry is free.

For further information visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk.

Photo credit: Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum