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Spring in my step at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome – by CEO Ian Flint


Publication date: 04.04.17

It’s Springtime at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, the birds are singing, our dedicated team of volunteers is in great spirits, and the site is looking shipshape after the hard graft of winter.

I can’t wait for our exciting 2017 events programme to draw thousands of new visitors to our historical World War 1 aerodrome.

Days out in Essex

Our events kick-off with some exciting Easter activities for children. If you’re looking for days out in Essex with a difference, budding scientists will love our rocket car building and racing session on 5 April and our STO-Kers Family Fun Day on 8 April, when kids’ activities include a Rocket Workshop, Virtual Reality, and Drone Simulators.

Our programme will appeal to young and old, newcomers, and those returning to see the remarkable improvements we’re making.

I’m really excited about our Wings and Wheels event on 21 May celebrating land and air vehicles. Our World War 1 aerodrome in Maldon will come alive with the sounds and sights of classic cars, motorbikes and military vehicles. Weather permitting, expect some amazing air displays too. You can enjoy a range of trade stalls – any non-catering traders interested in coming along, contact us as we still have spaces.

Conservation progress

Our winter focus has been on fundraising to develop our extensive programme of conservation, interpretation and education. I’m currently in detailed negotiations with some high-level funders, who could help us to deliver our ambitious plans.

I’m so grateful for the support our aviation museum and visitor attraction has received from local and regional organisations including Essex Heritage Trust, Museums Essex Small Grants Scheme, Essex County Council’s Culture in Essex scheme and Community Initiatives Fund, and Essex Community Foundation.

These organisations have helped us raise more than £50,000, and we’re reaping rewards, with three of our historic buildings being taken off the at-risk register. My ambition is to see the aerodrome returned closer to its 1919 appearance, creating a living museum in tribute to those who lived and worked here.

Volunteer at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

That wouldn’t be achievable without our wonderful team of volunteers, I can’t thank them enough. I’m always looking for new volunteers, to help in the shop and the Mess café or at our events, so if you’d like to spend time on our lovely site working with a great bunch of people, just get in touch. You can be part of history in the making.