New CEO for Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
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 has worked in managerial capacities for a number of national heritage organisations, including English Heritage Trust and National Trust, ranging from a 12th century castle to a Regency estate that housed Old Masters.
Peter Martin, Chairman of the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust, said:
I’d like to welcome Ian to the Trust where he is joining an excellent group of trustees, management team and some great volunteers. He will be able to build on the huge progress made to date.
Ian said: “From a young age I have harboured a fascination for our history. I was told some time ago that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, I’ve taken that to heart. I love my job, and the work we are doing at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is absolutely essential.
“We have the opportunity to save a vital and unique part of our heritage. What more could you ask for in a role? I hope that in a hundred years’ time, my descendants will still be enjoying all Stow Maries has to offer.”
With support from Essex County Council, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Historic England, WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, Maldon District Council, the Libor Fund and volunteers, Ian and the Trust will continue to preserve the fabric of this important site, including the conservation of the unique set of buildings.
Throughout 2016 Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome will be hosting an informative and educational programme of commemorative activities in its centenary year, including a Vintage Flying Event on the evening of 10 June and its popular Big Band night which will return on 17 June.
A brand new interactive museum was recently opened and the aerodrome is open to the public from 10am – 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, with last entry at 4pm.
Pre-arranged group visits are welcome to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children under 16 visit free with adult tickets costing £8.