As Autumn Draws In..... Ian Flint CEO
It’s all a bit murky out there today. The Aerodrome is clothed in a damp mist, and the volunteers working all over the site are wrapped up warm in scarves and hats. Autumn has struck, with a vengeance. The winter opening hours are upon us – (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) and we are making the best of the rest of the week, beavering away on a huge list of projects. So. What are we up to?
The Curatorial Team (C-Flight) are working very hard on the Ideal Interpretations project. Funded by The Swire Foundation, the Middlewick Wind Farm Community Fund and the David Family Foundation, this project will see a number of our exhibitions and objects refreshed and re-interpreted to allow access to them for a wider audience. There are some pretty neat technical additions too. We’re hoping to remove some of those obstacles that some of our audience has to get past to engage with our museum. This new exhibitions will be launching next year. We’re very excited! Not least because we are also working with a major organisation on another exhibition, too. Can’t say too much…but stay tuned!
I was very happy to be invited to appear on the Aviators Lounge TV show, earlier this month. Check out Aviators Lounge. Try not to laugh too much! It was great fun, and I am looking forward to working with them again in early December.
Remembrance Day at Stow Maries is always an emotional experience. Tickets – free, but required -went quickly and I know some couldn’t get in. Please obtain early next year! The Weather was kind, and a very emotional parade in the presence HM Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Mr John Griffiths-Jones and a number of other dignitaries culminated in a March-past and airborne poppy drop by our friends in the Tiger Club, flying a trio of historic Stampes. Truly poignant.
Our Historical Hammerings Courses – an introduction to blacksmithing – have been very successful. We are hoping to run them again in the New year. I know there are a number of you that missed out as they sold out pretty quickly. If you would like to go on the waiting list for 2020 (we’re looking at February/March) please drop us a line. Make sure your e-mail has a subject of ‘Historical Hammerings’.
On the subject of events – there are LOADS in the calendar to think about. Please look at Event Bookings. Our brilliant Escape Room is up and running. Very successful already, it’s the latest thing for all you puzzle-fans. Sto-KERS is back up and running. The perfect family workshop, it’s a great way to spend some quality family time at the weekend, making some great memories! Fancy getting clicky? Have a look at our Photography hide sessions. Our feathered friends are out in force, and you never know what you might get a sight of. We have a huge range of rare birds on the Aerodrome, and the hide is hidden away in a very secluded Conservation area. Well worth a go. We also have the festive season coming up. We’ve got a big Christmas Dinner taking place in the Mess – all the trimmings and some great fun to be had. Have a look at that. If you don’t fancy something so big – what about our Festive High Teas? Priced very economically, they are a perfect way to break up the Christmas shopping. OF course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Naughty Elves. We have a great weekend planned for their time at Stow. Can you find the pieces of the jigsaw? Ask the little ones – they’ll explain all about it!
As you can see – its all go. We can’t do this without you though. Can you help? YES!!! You can visit! You can use the café and shop (no admission charge!), you can bring your family on a regular day or to an event or you can volunteer!! There are plenty of gifts in the shop to buy for your loved ones – what about a Propeller club membership?!?!?! A great gift!!!
Anyway. I have to crack ON. Thanks for reading. Talk soon, everyone.