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Category: News | Publication date: 14.07.17

The Volunteers, Supporters, Staff and Trustees of the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome are disappointed that Maldon District Council last night turned down our application for new conditions to our Planning Permissions, which would have allowed...


Category: News | Publication date: 27.06.17

One of Essex’s biggest Armed Forces Days took place on Saturday 24th June, at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, on behalf of Maldon District Council.

The day celebrated the UK’s Armed Forces in all their glory. A flag was...


Category: News | Publication date: 22.06.17

The Aerodrome is delighted to announce it now has its own pre-owned book store, located in The Mess. We would love you to come and browse and purchase books, and if you have any books you no longer need we would love you to donate them. It will...


13.06.17
Today pupils from Purleigh Primary School visited the aerodrome to take part in a commemorative service to mark that 100 years ago today, Upper North Street School in Poplar, was subject to an air-raid by German bombers, as part of what was to become known as the First Blitz. A...


Category: News | Publication date: 08.06.17

Last Saturday, being the first in the month saw 18 youngsters aged between 6 and 14 attend STO-Kers at 10am, to take part with their parents and minders in a range of activities.

After a general introduction and safety talk in the...


Category: News | Publication date: 23.05.17

Love Planes? Love Wine? Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome has twined itself with Newhall Wines.

Book onto one of our scheduled tours or book your own Group Tour. Contact Newhall Wines on 01621 828343 or


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


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


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


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


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


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...

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


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


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


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...


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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