BE2 in flight


Back in Business after Christmas

Happy New Year Everyone!



I hope you have had a great festive season. I know I did. Coming back to work is always a challenge – especially as I have to wean myself off mince pies. The addiction will subside soon, I’m sure…

The Aerodrome in January is a chilly place, and rather windy. This is one of the reasons we don’t open until February 15th. Not the only reason, though. We have plenty to. There are so many things going on its amazing we had time for Christmas!

We are working feverishly on a new Exhibition. St Omer: The Great War will open in April, and is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force, the municipality of St Omer (France) and ourselves. St Omer was a huge base of operations for the Royal Flying Corps, and later the RAF, during the Great War. Most air-crew or ground-crew rotated through there at some point, including 6 of our very own pilots. It’s a fascinating story and a great exhibition. Keep your eye on our Facebook page and Twitter for more updates.

Of course, while there are fewer people about on the site, our hugely important wildlife is enjoying the peace and quiet.

We are able to open for sessions in our bespoke Hides though – a perfect chance to grab that photograph or even just watch the huge range of species at play. We have a few spaces left in our January and February sessions, so book straight away.

While you’re there, have a look at our Stargazing nights. Delivered with our friends at the East Essex Astronomy Club these are proving very popular. The site enjoys clear, uncluttered skies so its perfect! Wrap up warm though!

If you fancy somewhere warm to be, what could be better than a Blacksmith Forge? (See what I did there??). Yes, I’m glad to say that our Historical hammerings courses are back! After a sell out first run, these amazing sessions offer a unique experience. Led by the hand by our resident Blacksmith, Peter Trick, you will spend the day in an original, Great War forge, using the skills and tools that the original smiths did. You will also take home an item that you will have crafted yourself. From scratch! What could be more fun than that? A great gift for someone, but also a brilliant chance to be selfish. Grab your place quickly.


Our hugely popular Escape Room (Stop the Zeppelin!), created especially for us and the only one of its kind in the country, is proving to be a runaway success. A great family activity, but also perfect for one of those ‘get-the-gang-together’ trips that we will all be looking to get in the diary in Spring. Get your thinking caps on and blow the cobwebs out of your synapses – then follow it up with a snack in our Mess, right next door. Perfect!


Thinking a little further ahead, we have Wings and Wheels in May (31st) and Stow Maries at War in July (18th and 19th), our two biggest events, nearly ready to go live. Have a quick look here for an insight in WnW2019. If you have a classic Car, Motorbike or Aircraft and would like to participate, please do get in touch – we’d love to chat to you. For Stow Maries at War, have a quick look here. We’re looking for supporters for this event to, so if you have a Great War Living History group, and want to get involved, please contact us. Be prepared, though. As a national-level event, we have pretty high standards and your presentations will be run past our Curatorial team, who are pretty clued-up, as you can imagine. We are happy to discuss military or civilian, so let us know, soon!


Lots of work is being done on our exclusive Propeller Club, too. We want to grow this, so have a look. An ideal way to support us!

Of course, Support is what we are about. So perhaps you want to get involved more directly? We need volunteers to survive, so please consider it. There is something for everyone here, no doubt about it. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of an award-winning local museum team with an international significance??


Well, I think that’s enough from me. I’ll be in touch soon, so keep your eyes on this space!



Upcoming Events


See all Events

Our news


Make Your Own Poppy!

Learn how to make your own poppy brooch for Remembrance Day.

Latest blog


We Continue to Battle On! - Ian Flint, Chief Executive

Hello everyone. I need to apologise. I have been remiss in the writing of my blog. I post regularly on Twitter, LinkedIn and all that, but this task has escaped me. So, big apologies for that....