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Category: News | Publication date: 23.05.17

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Category: News | Publication date: 22.05.17

On behalf of everyone at the aerodrome, I would like to thank you all for the amazing support you gave to our event yesterday. All the volunteers and exhibitors worked so hard to make sure everyone had a great day, and the commitment stayed on...


18.05.17
2017 has seen some new changes at the Aerodrome, which we wanted to update visitors and other interested groups on, including dates for your diary, improvements to the museum and much more. Read now: May 2017 Chocks Away (Opens in a new window)   Diary Dates - Events for 2017 Wings & Wheels -21st...


11.05.17
Today the Aerodrome got the Royal seal of approval from the Duke of Gloucester, as he joined over 100 volunteers and guests to mark the centenary of the first ever medical evacuation by air and of the first operational flights from the airfield. He also opened our new museum, Squadron...


20.04.17
Today, everyone at Stow Maries would like to say a fond farewell to one of its earliest volunteers, Beryl Board. Beryl was a driving force in preserving the aerodrome and, also raised vital funds for its Memorial on the parade ground. She devoted her time to making sure the memories of the...


10.04.17
Fun was had by all this Saturday at the STO-Kers fun day. Families spent time making and launching rockets, seeing how 3D printing works, flying a plane through the virtual reality googles, taking the REX Challenge and lots more. All these activities are part of the STO-Kers Club that takes place every...


14.11.16
Hundreds of people braved the crisp air to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon on 13 November. Representatives from all branches of the air, sea and land services were joined by civil dignitaries including the Mayors and Council Leaders of Maldon, Maldon District and...

Remembrance Service


07.11.16
The team at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome are over the moon to be presented with the Highly Commended Award for Design and Sustainability at the Maldon District Conservation & Design Awards.  The fact that our museum is so loved by the visitors, as well as our ever-growing volunteer team is...

The Stow Maries team at the Maldon District awards


24.10.16
On 22 October Stephen Bohill-Smith hosted a talk in the Airmen's Mess about Sir Geoffrey De Havilland. Stephen Bohill-Smith is an experienced airline and display pilot who has flown numerous aircraft types over a long career in aviation. These include the DH 121 Trident, HS146 and BAC One-eleven in Europe, the HS748...

Stephen Bohill=Smith


04.10.16
A new memorial bench has been contributed to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, to give dedication to former volunteer Paul Scoging who sadly passed away from cancer on 12th June 2016. Donated by Paul’s wife Val, their sons and close family, the bench arrived last week and with respect was carried...


22.09.16
On 15 September 2016 a commemorative flight took place to mark 100 years to the day since the first 37 (Home Defence) Squadron ground crew set up at Stow Maries Aerodrome and the first aircraft landed. Terry Dann and Ant Abery flew the Tiger Moth G-AIDS, itself 75 years old (built...

Terry and Ant with the aircraft after the flight


Category: News | Publication date: 20.09.16

Earlier on this year we welcomed Essex Sounds to visit Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome and record the sounds during one of our flying events. 

The Essex Sounds website hosts a wide variety of sounds recorded around Essex by sound...


19.09.16
Hundreds of people revelled in the sun-soaked Essex countryside at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome on 17 and 18 September as the treasured heritage site celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Attracting aircraft from as far away as Wales, the skies were filled with the sound of nostalgia as the golden age of...

Stow Maries centenary celebrations


19.09.16
On 19 September Terry Dann took D-Day veteran Robert Sullivan Senior for flight in his Tiger Moth G-AIDS "The Sorcerer". Terry said it was a great privilege to take Robert up in the air. Robert has a very interesting past, he tried to join the RAF as a pilot in 1941 aged 18, but...

Robert and Terry


30.08.16
On 28 August the Essex skies were filled with the roaring sounds of yesteryear as Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome held its most successful flying event this year. Hundreds of fans were not put off by grey clouds and blustery winds early in the day and were rewarded by beaming sunshine...

Dragon Rapide


18.08.16
To mark the 75th anniversary of foundation of Air Training Corps and RAF Air Cadets, a special torch is being taken around the country by different squadrons, accompanied by a GPS to record its journey. This week at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Cadet Lewis 2531 (Woodham Ferris) Squadron handed the torch...

The baton being passed


08.08.16
Today we had a stand at Shuttleworth Old Warden Aerodrome's Edwardian Pageant where we shared the story of Stow Maries and talked about our upcoming events. It was a brilliant day and we spoke to lots of people about the conservation of Stow Maries, the new interactive museum and our flying events in...

Volunteer Antony Abery manning the stand


01.08.16
The sounds of propellers and aircraft engines could be heard over the skies at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome this weekend, at another fantastic vintage flying event. On the 30 and 31 July hundreds of people descended on the WW1 aerodrome, which was once a base for 37 (Home Defence Squadron), to...

Sopwith Snipe - Image by David Davies


15.07.16
On 15 July vintage aircraft roared through the heavens over Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, for the second Evening Vintage Flying Event of the year. Against a calm but wispy sky backdrop, crowds watched displays by a variety of historic aircraft, including the famed Sopwith Snipe. The aerodrome was once a...

Pilots and display teams with Chairman Peter Martin


05.07.16
The England national football team’s coach paid a visit to Stow Maries having returned from the UEFA Euro 2016 competition. However, the coach wasn’t carrying England’s football players but was bringing a group of visitors to the aerodrome. Operations and Site Manager Russell Savory said: “It was the official England team coach, and...

The Euro 2016 England coach makes a visit to Stow Maries WW1 Aerodrome in Essex


04.07.16
On 3 July we hosted a day of activities to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Around 30 people attended the event, which included a very moving film screening that showed people flocking to the sea in 1916 in the hope of seeing loved ones. Following the screening, visitors...

Be2e departs for the Somme


29.06.16
On 28 June the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust's BE2 and Albatros D.Va aircraft took flight from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, to travel the 150 miles to Albert, just north of the River Somme in France.The aircraft, which are exact replicas, will arrive at Albert on 1 July...

Pilots of the vintage world war 1 replica aircraft aiming to fly to France for the centenary of the commencing of the battle of the Somme - Rob and Jean with volunteers at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome


28.06.16
On 25 June the team at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome were proud to once again host the Maldon Armed Forces Day event, organised by Maldon District Council. The event was free and members of the public, veterans, serving members of the forces and their families turned up to show their...

Richard Miller, Peter and Helen Eliott, David Rawlings and Peter Martin commemorating Armed Forces Day in 2016 at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Maldon, Essex


13.06.16
Colchester Institute students have put the finishing touches to a WW1 flight simulator that will form part of the growing list of WW1 attractions at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon. The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust has been working on the simulator with the students since the award of...

John Whittingdale MP trying out the Rocking Nacelle  with Dick Forsythe Chief Trustee WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Ltd, Robyn Llewellyn Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England. Michael Drayton Trustee WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Ltd, Denis Stretton HiPoint  Visual Ltd, Andrew Payne Colchester Institute, Michael Pudney Trustee Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Ltd and Philip Clegg Trustee WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Ltd


11.06.16
The magic of vintage aircraft lit up the skies over Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex on Friday 10 June, for the aerodrome's first ever evening flying event. In the gentle breeze, crowds watched displays by the WW1 reproduction aircraft: BE2e, Sopwith Snipe and Albatros. The aerodrome was once...

Be2e


27.05.16
Heritage expert Ian Flint has been appointed as CEO of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust. He will head up the team at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon, which was established in 1916 as the base of the Royal Flying Corps 37 (Home Defence) Squadron. In the last decade...

Ian Flint, new CEO of Stow Maries Essex World War 1 Aerodrome Museum near Maldon - Image by David Davies


25.05.16
On Wednesday 25 May Stow Maries in Maldon hosted the 10th UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge National Finals. It is a fantastic completion aimed at students aged 11 – 18 from secondary schools, colleges and higher education to design, build and launch a model rocket with a fragile payload. After three...

The Rocket finals


24.05.16
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon a conservation project which is in the process of restoring the former World War 1 RAF aerodrome to it's former glory, was chosen as the main location for the latest high-profile Save the Children appeal video. Still the Most Shocking Second a Day, which was...

16.05.16
Crowds flocked to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex to enjoy our first vintage flying event of the year. The two-day event, on 14 and 15 May, saw vintage and modern aircraft taking to the skies for the enjoyment of over 800 visitors at the aerodrome, which was once...


09.05.16
Maldon MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale has officially opened our new museum. Volunteers and staff at the aerodrome, which was established in 1916 as the base of the Royal Flying Corps 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, have been working tirelessly to create the interactive museum...


16.04.16
Around 100 photographers descended upon Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome for an afternoon, sunset and night photo shoot.  The photographers were able to capture replicas of a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2, an Albatros DVa, Sopwith Snipe and a Bristol Scout, with re-enactors from The Great War Society playing their parts, making for some...

Sopwith Snipe - photograph by Nick Walch www.nickwalchaviation.co.uk


23.03.16
Pupils from Purleigh Community Primary School planted 30 trees here at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon. The trees were given to the school by The Woodland Trust and the pupils decided they would like them to become part of the aerodrome's conservation area. As an eco school, Purleigh has...
Purleigh Community Primary School students at Stow Maries

16.03.16
Volunteers and staff at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex, have been working hard to create a new museum, which was first showcased to the public on Good Friday. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome was established in 1916 as the base of the Royal Flying Corps 37 (Home Defence)...

Volunteers at Stow Maries


07.03.16
Pilot Tony Bianchi, who has flown planes in films such as Indiana Jones and The Mummy series, has loaned two planes from his collection to be on display at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, one of which appeared in 1975 film ‘The Great Waldo Pepper’.   Tony has shown his support...


17.02.16
A replica WW1 Sopwith Pup aeroplane, which was restored using a £5,000 grant from Southend Council, was on show at Southend Library as part of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome’s exciting centenary commemorations. Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex, was established in 1916 as the base of the Royal...

The Sopwith Pup with Claude Ridley's Bentley


28.01.16
As part of exciting centenary commemorations to be held this year at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome near Maldon in Essex, visitors will be able to take part in their own World War One flight – from the safety of a new flight simulator being built by students at Colchester Institute. A...

Rocking Nacelle


11.09.15
On behalf of Essex Police and Emergency Services, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome hosted an event to commemorate the attack on the Twin Towers on Sep 11th 2001. The Rev Mary Cottee conducted a short service of remembrance this Friday 11th Sep at 11am at the Memorial on the Parade...


07.09.15
The September sunshine brought families out to spend the day at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. Vintage and modern aircraft including Tiger Moths, Stampes, Piper Cubs, a de Havilland Chipmunk and a Boeing Stearman, flew in to visit this most intact remaining WW1 aerodrome. The younger visitors had a computer...

September Fly-in


15.08.15
The atmosphere of a WW1 aerodrome was recreated this weekend at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, as the sight and sound of WW1 type aircraft filled the skies. Heritage talks and guided tours of the aerodrome, brought memories of a bygone era back to life. Unique WW1 late-model original aircraft from...

WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Fly-in


12.08.15
Two WW1 type aircraft arrived at Stow Maries last weekend and are due to fly, weather and serviceability permitting, at the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust (WAHT) Fly-in 15/16 Aug. The Sopwith Snipe type (photos by David Davies) was based at Stow Maries Aerodrome during WW1. The Albatros D.Va was a German...

Sopwith Snipe


09.07.15
On Thursday 9 July, the Trustees of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome (SMGWA) welcomed the President of The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Martin Broadhurst OBE MA CDir FIoD FRAeS, on a special visit to the aerodrome to meet with Stow Maries representatives and local training providers. The main objective of the...

Raes President at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome


27.06.15
Hundreds of people including many Forces Veterans gathered in the sunshine at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome on Saturday to pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces at Maldon District Council’s Armed Forces Day. In support of the event many vintage and modern aircraft flew in, including a rare 1930s...

Armed Forces Day


12.05.15
Blue skies over Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome on Sunday drew large crowds to experience the sights and sounds of vintage and modern aircraft flying in to this heritage World War One aerodrome in Essex. Vintage aircraft visiting on Sunday included 1930s Tiger and Hornet Moths, Mew Gull and Vega Gull,...

Stow Maries May Fly-in


20.04.15
On Sunday 19th April ten ceramic poppies from The Tower of London were ‘planted’ next to the Memorial Stone on the Parade Ground at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. A short memorial service was conducted by the Reverend Mary Cottee, the South Woodham Ferrers ATC Chaplain, during which ten local pupils...

Tower of London Poppy Planting


Category: News | Publication date: 13.04.15

The Antiques Roadshow Detectives unveil the story of a family history, which brings them finally to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

First broadcast on BBC2, Wednesday 15th April.


Category: News | Publication date: 18.03.15

In the budget speech today, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £1.5 million pound grant to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome following an application by the aerodrome to erect the Twin Aeroplane Sheds (hangars) back on site.

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17.03.15
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome on 17 March. He had a tour of the site, met the Stow Maries Trustees, Russell Savory the Aerodrome Manager and spoke to some 30 of Stow’s volunteers. He also met with Dick Forsythe and Michael Drayton, trustees of the...

Royal visit to Stow Maries


20.01.15

Stow Maries Little Owls and wildlife were featured on BBC's Winterwatch this evening. 

Owl at Stow Maries


21.12.14
On Sunday 21st December, Purleigh All Saints Handbell Ringers visited the aerodrome to present a cheque for £250. The money has been raised from donations given to the bell ringers as they have been playing Christmas carols on their hand bells around the local villages, at Christmas bazaars and fayres. They nominated...

The Purleigh Bell Ringers at Stow Maries


12.11.14

On 11th November, Armistice Day, BBC News Look East broadcast their regional evening programme live from the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome hanger.

BBC Look East at Stow Maries


10.11.14
On Remembrance Sunday, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome welcomed around 1,000 visitors to join the Service on the Parade Ground. The service commenced with a flypast and spectacular poppy drop by The Tiger Club. Aircraft started arriving in the morning and the pilots were treated to a full English breakfast in The Airmen's Mess. We had...

Remembrance Sunday


Category: News | Publication date: 05.11.14

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, near Maldon in Essex, is set to benefit from a £200K grant. The grant – which comes from a fund of almost £1 million that helps to save important heritage sites, is one of the largest...


03.11.14
On 9th November, Remembrance Sunday, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome launched the Memorial Wood Commemoration Project. 5,500 mixed broadleaf woodland trees have been planted at the aerodrome and anyone who lost a relative in WW1 can buy a commemorative plaque, engraved with their relative's details. Each plaque will be attached to a post...

Memorial plaque


Category: News | Publication date: 22.10.14

The English Heritage (now Historic England) Angel Awards celebrates the ordinary men and women who fight to rescue the historic buildings around Britain in danger of falling down. Launched last year with the Daily Telegraph the...


04.05.14
Unveiled by Lieutenant Claude Ridley’s daughter and grandson are two embroideries of scenes from the history of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. One embroidery depicts Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome at war and includes a portrait of Lt. Claude Ridley, the first Flight Commander at the Aerodrome. The second shows scenes of...

Embroideries


Category: News | Publication date: 15.10.13

Thanks to a £1.5 million grant from National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust has secured Europe’s only remaining unaltered First World War Aerodrome – Stow Maries in Purleigh, near Maldon,...


Category: News | Publication date: 15.10.13

An article from the BBC website regarding the £1.5m grant awarded to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. The original article can be found by clicking here

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Category: News | Publication date: 15.10.13

A BBC article and video about the restoration of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. The original article can be found by clicking here

WWI airfield Stow Maries to be restored

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Category: News | Publication date: 10.05.12

An article from the BBC website regarding Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome being granted listed status. The original article can be found by clicking here

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17.12.10
A BBC article regarding the memorial unveiled at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome. The original article can be found on the BBC website by clicking here.  Memorial unveiled at Stow Maries airfield in Essex Fallen personnel at the World War I aerodrome in Stow Maries have been remembered with a new memorial. Members...

Dedication of new memorial


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