Durham Helicopter Museum

Durham Helicopter Museum Our aim is to inspire armed forces veterans to overcome disabilities by enabling them to achieve their full potential in the workplace.

What is it? It will be the only Museum in the UK North of Weston-super-Mare totally dedicated to the history of helicopter aviation. We will display an amazing collection of rotary wing aircraft, artifacts, memorabilia and models which will create a unique record and an inspiring tribute to the contribution of helicopters and their pilots in military and civilian life. The collection will include ‘hands on’ interactive exhibits, as well as unique historic aircraft, such as the Bell 47 Westland Sioux featured in the MASH TV series. We are developing a range of fascinating activities for children and community groups to enjoy, whilst learning about rotary wing aircraft history and ‘how the machines work’. We are aiming to become a first class tourist attraction in the region, and intend to make a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the East Durham coalfield area. Who are we? This is a ground-breaking venture in the field of rehabilitation opportunities for former armed service men and women injured on active service. The project was developed by Duncan Moyse, a County Durham retired army pilot and engineer who suffered permanent spinal injuries in a helicopter crash during the Iraq conflict in 2003. During the ensuing years, he realised that disabled ex-servicemen and women faced huge obstacles in their efforts to return to work, and that barriers exist in our society that prevented them from becoming fully integrated back into their communities. His own experience and discussions with colleagues revealed that this highly skilled sector of the workforce is frequently unfairly disadvantaged by exclusion from consideration for suitable employment opportunities. His conclusion was that the rehabilitation support offered on leaving the armed services fell far short of what was needed to be effective, and that there was a strong sense amongst his peer group that they has been ‘left to get on with it’. He developed his vision for the helicopter museum, recognising that this would provide an ideal environment to enable these highly trained individuals with a broad range of skills to take control of the running of their own organisation and direct their own transition path back to employment. The museum will be run by the members of the organisation working as volunteers. Members will be offered a choice from a range of roles essential to running a cultural and learning resource centre, visitor attraction and aircraft maintenance workshop. We will focus on helping our members return to work through practical skills training and courses provided by local Colleges. Where is it? The Museum will be built at Shotton Airfield in Shotton Colliery, East Durham, sharing the site with the Sunderland Skydive Academy. http://skydiveacademy.org.uk/ How can you help us make this exciting vision a reality? Donations • by cheque payable to Durham Helicopter Museum and posted to the address shown on this page • Our Virgin Giving page will be up and running soon • Choose the Museum as your cause on www.easyfundraising.com and raise money when you shop online Volunteering We need people to spread the word and help with our fundraising programme. Please email us if you want to help. Exhibits If you have memorabilia, artifacts medals etc. that you would like to donate or loan to the collection, please email us. When will the Museum open? As soon as possible! The Museum is in the planning stages. The scheme has the support of the local planning authority, and we aim to have planning consent for the scheme early in 2013. We will appointing a project manager very soon who will lead our fundraising campaign, and plan the development programme. More on this later…….

Mission: Durham Helicopter Museum aspires to: • Afford employment opportunities and back-to-work skills training in a dynamic and economically sustainable environment to former service men and women who have suffered physical or mental impairment in international conflicts. • Create fascinating ‘hands on’ opportunities for learning for schools, young people and community groups in the field of aviation technology, engineering and science. • Offer a superlative visitor experience in our unique, accessible tourist attraction in the East Durham area.

So it’s been a while since we have posted anything on our page we have been working away restoring the gazelle we have t...
25/04/2019

So it’s been a while since we have posted anything on our page we have been working away restoring the gazelle we have today installed the co pilot controls and also removed a lot of old wiring that is not needed for the aircraft. Also the instrument panel has had a new addition to it the compass unit installed. We are having to buy all new nuts bolt sand washers that are airworthy as we can’t get second hand GS parts

We will soon have our new website up and running in which you can see the events diary and also our online shop will be ...
05/01/2019

We will soon have our new website up and running in which you can see the events diary and also our online shop will be live also we ave now got para cord keyrings for sale these as made to order we Can also produce regimenatal colours please tell us what colours you require on purchase the cost is £2.75 per keyring

So we now have for sale our new mugs for the charity all money raised will be going to the museum we also have a selecti...
08/12/2018

So we now have for sale our new mugs for the charity all money raised will be going to the museum we also have a selection of tShirts aswell and we will be posting pictures of those shortly

09/11/2018

We are currently going through the process of having our website built and we are hoping to be live by the end of December where we will have our shop also on line so that Museum merchandising can be sold aswell as having out restoration and progress pages on line

27/10/2018
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Please help use raise as much money as possible so that we can help and inspire both veterans and the kids of the northeast to look a future in the aviation industry and to also bring the veterans of the northeast a place to meet and get support Thankyou

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27/10/2018
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Please help use raise the money we need to help create a museum and training centre to help our veterans and children of the northeast of England to be inspired and look to a future in the aviation industry and to help us make a difference to all our veterans

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Armed forces day we where asked if we could take our aircraft down to Seaham sea front for the day sadly we didn’t make ...
04/07/2018

Armed forces day we where asked if we could take our aircraft down to Seaham sea front for the day sadly we didn’t make any money from donations for the project but it rase the profile of the project

22/03/2017

It's is today that I have the unpleasant task of announcing the death of our funding director who has passed away yesterday after a short illness Tom kenmire was a great believe in helping people and wanted to make a difference he will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with Toms family at this time

Durham helicopter museum are delighted to announce the launch of two of our product ranges all profits will go towards t...
30/12/2015

Durham helicopter museum are delighted to announce the launch of two of our product ranges all profits will go towards the cost of the museum our ruler and key rings are in stock we can also put a photo of your Loved one and also personalised with your name in our key rings at no extra cost. The rulers are £1.50 and the key rings £1.75.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our key rings for people that donate Items or money to the museum.
10/11/2015

We are delighted to announce the launch of our key rings for people that donate Items or money to the museum.

05/10/2015

We are delighted to welcome Tom Kenmire to the DHM Board as Funding Director. Tom is a retired engineer with a wealth of experience in business and finance. He is also an RAF veteran.

02/02/2015

Harry many thanks for today really good to get the tail rotor of XZ313 sorted today many thanks mate

XZ313's heller strobe anti collision and shelving what a right mess won't belong before this is rebuilt  and looking lik...
01/02/2015

XZ313's heller strobe anti collision and shelving what a right mess won't belong before this is rebuilt and looking like new

lots of TLC for XZ313's main rotor gear box there's loads to do started to strip it down today and get it ready for new ...
29/01/2015

lots of TLC for XZ313's main rotor gear box there's loads to do started to strip it down today and get it ready for new paint job and new bearings.

28/01/2015

Can anybody help we are looking for an old shipping container that is no longer required and that could be loaned to us of donated to the musuem to help us store our equipment

XZ313's main rotor gear box on my work bench deep joy loads to work on this will keep me busy over the winter
28/01/2015

XZ313's main rotor gear box on my work bench deep joy loads to work on this will keep me busy over the winter

Work is now well under way to get one of the museum's helicopters ready for this years airshow season. Gazelle helicopte...
28/01/2015

Work is now well under way to get one of the museum's helicopters ready for this years airshow season. Gazelle helicopter XZ313, the rotor head and main rotor gearbox are now off the aircraft and being rebuilt to working condition.

09/12/2014

Great news! The planning application for the Helicopter Museum was approved unanimously by the Planning Committee today. We will be launching a major fundraising campaign in the New Year to move on to the next stage!

Great news! The planning application for the Museum has now been sent in to Durham County Council.  Many thanks to East ...
22/08/2014

Great news! The planning application for the Museum has now been sent in to Durham County Council. Many thanks to East Durham Area Action Partnership and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for awarding the funding which has made this possible.

The drawings below are the final version of the drawings submitted with the application. The earlier design was refined to make the building costs more attainable.

26/10/2013

The Museum won most votes at the AAP community grant event today, and we now have £5,000 towards the planning fee - only £3,500 to go! A big thank you to all the kind people in East Durham who voted for us. Building the Museum is another step closer!

26/10/2013

Lots of interest at the East Durham AAP community grant today at Glebe Centre, Murton. Hopefully lots of votes too, which will raise £5,000 towards the planning fee. Voting is open till 2 p.m. Come along and vote for us!

Durham Helicopter Museum's cover photo
22/10/2013

Durham Helicopter Museum's cover photo

3D representation of the museum merged with the site on Google Earth
22/10/2013

3D representation of the museum merged with the site on Google Earth

We now have a Virgin Money Giving page. With your help we can raise the money to build the museum. Start fundraising now...
17/10/2013
Virgin Money Giving | Durham Helicopter Museum

We now have a Virgin Money Giving page. With your help we can raise the money to build the museum. Start fundraising now!
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We are aiming to build a Museum dedicated to display of helicopters at Shotton Airfield next to the Peterlee Skydive Academy. The Museum will illustrate the history of helicopter aviation, but it will also be a groundbreaking venture in the field of rehabilitation opportunities for former armed serv...

Here are the latest designs for the museum!
09/10/2013

Here are the latest designs for the museum!

Durham Big Meeting July 13th 2013
13/07/2013

Durham Big Meeting July 13th 2013

06/07/2013
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21/06/2013

On this day in 1958 the first flight of the 1,450 hp Napier Gazelle turbine powered Westland Wessex HAS.1 for the Royal Navy. It was built under license from Sikorsky.

A very exciting day for the Museum as site survey work begins!  We have been working tirelessly to realise our vision, a...
18/06/2013

A very exciting day for the Museum as site survey work begins! We have been working tirelessly to realise our vision, and today we ‘kicked off’ the project on site. With the help of our enthusiastic supporters, we have moved a giant step further towards building the Museum. However, we need your donations to help us keep up progress on this important project. To donate, please send a cheque to: Durham Helicopter Museum, C/O 1st Floor, Aykley Vale Chambers, Durham Road, Durham DH1 5NE

On 14th January 2013, our directors Duncan Moyse and Amy Ashdown attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament to cel...
05/02/2013

On 14th January 2013, our directors Duncan Moyse and Amy Ashdown attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate Disabled People's User-Led Organisations (DPULOs). Here they are with the Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey (on the right).

Our director, Duncan Moyse, was in London to take part in the launch of a fundraising campaign organised by Bell's Whisk...
22/10/2012
'For these guys, the battle is just beginning': Life-sized statues of 20 wounded soldiers to tour Br

Our director, Duncan Moyse, was in London to take part in the launch of a fundraising campaign organised by Bell's Whisky / Help For Heroes. He was a model for one of the statues displayed in Trafalgar Square. These statues will tour the country.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219123/Trafalgar-Square-Life-sized-statues-20-wounded-soldiers-tour-Britain-reminding-real-cost-war.html

The life-size figures of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo or Bosnia were unveiled in Trafalgar Square today. Each will be taken to the victim's local community, military establishments, schools and museums.

15/10/2012
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About the museum
07/09/2012

About the museum

The site where the museum will be built
05/09/2012

The site where the museum will be built

29/08/2012

We are now on twitter! You can follow us @DHelicopters

These are the plans for the museum as designed by Ashdown Architects
17/08/2012

These are the plans for the museum as designed by Ashdown Architects

Durham Helicopter Museum's cover photo
17/08/2012

Durham Helicopter Museum's cover photo

17/08/2012

We are currently in the process of setting up a website and becoming a registered charity. After that, we can really start to make the museum a reality!

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Shotton Airfield
Durham
DH6 2NH

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