Royal Aircraft Factory BE2

Partnership working at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

We are grateful to the following key partners who are helping us to achieve our aims of explaining the history of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome:

Bianchi Aviation Film Services (BAFS)

The BAFS collection consists of World War 1 representative replica aircraft, used for demonstrations and flying purposes, as well as genuine WW1 memorabilia and equipment.

WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust (WAHT)

The trust is an offshoot of a parent trust in New Zealand chaired by Sir Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit). The parent trust has loaned WAHT four aircraft – two BE2es, an Albatros, and a Bentley rotary engine-powered Snipe - built in Wellington NZ by The Vintage Aviator Ltd (TVAL). TVAL operate the aircraft at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome and they are crafted exactly to their early 20th century designs – no brakes, little steering on the ground, one magneto, Irish linen, and very limited control authority in the early models. Sir Peter Jackson's insistence on authenticity in the production of the TVAL aircraft exactly complements the attention to detail which is the hallmark of the preservation work underway at Stow Maries.

Forestry Commission

We have been given an annual grant for a period of 10 years to enable entry and higher level stewardship of the site and provision of food for migrating and indigenous bird populations. This is a tripartite arrangement which also includes Writtle College.

University of Essex, History Department

We are working in partnership with the university to provide student internships and project development for research, digital interpretation, and more.

Colchester Institute

Work is in progress to deliver apprenticeships across a range of specialised areas.


It is envisaged further partnerships will be developed over the next five years.