The Royal Air Force Museum, London

The Royal Air Force Museum, London Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.
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We are happy to announce the Family Festival of Flight!https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-...
10/07/2021

We are happy to announce the Family Festival of Flight!

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-festival-of-flight/

Join us on 31 July and 1 August, 10.30am – 4.00pm, for two days of FREE family fun with a mixture of drop in and timed activities set around our fantastic London Museum site.

Activities include:
• Coding with rolling robots
• Rocket challenge
• Science Show
• Storytelling
• Art Station
• Museum Explorer Trails

Come along to take part in our great family-friendly activities suitable for all ages and experience our amazing Museum.

Go to our website to book your FREE timed ticket to the Museum: www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

See you there!

We are delighted that our exciting summer events are part of Discover Barnet Presents ... Fringe Festival Programme.http...
09/07/2021
Discover Barnet Presents... Fringe Festival Programme

We are delighted that our exciting summer events are part of Discover Barnet Presents ... Fringe Festival Programme.
https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/discoverbarnetpresents-fringefestival

This includes:
- ActiveFest - Get the whole family moving!
- The Family Festival of Flight - get involved in activities for all ages
- Sundown Cinema - outdoor cinema and a vintage fairground
- The Spitfire 10K - Run 10K around the Museum and get that medal!

More information on our exciting Summer events can be found on our website: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/

@BarnetCouncil #DiscoverBarnet #londonevents #BacktoMuseums

Discover Barnet Presents summer festival 2021 is bringing a summer to Barnet like no other - and everyone is invited! The summer festival’s packed programme features open air cinema and major sports screenings, community carnivals, live music, artisan food markets, open air theatre, street perform...

Thousands of you have visited us since we have reopened. We're making sure your visits are safe and enjoyable for all. T...
07/07/2021

Thousands of you have visited us since we have reopened. We're making sure your visits are safe and enjoyable for all. Thank you for those who have shared images of their visit with us. Your continued support means everything to us. #BacktoMuseums #londonmuseum

Come and visit us this summer as we are launching our Summer events such as ActiveFest. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/activefest/
Oh, and did we mention yet, this month is 20% off our Flight Zone Experiences if you book your FREE ticket online? https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

This July we're making flying with the Red Arrows more thrilling! Enjoy a 20% discount on our Flight Zone experiences at...
01/07/2021

This July we're making flying with the Red Arrows more thrilling! Enjoy a 20% discount on our Flight Zone experiences at both London and Cosford when you pre-book them online.

For full details, please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/news/this-july-enjoy-20-off-flight-zone-experiences-in-london-and-cosford/

Discounted tickets are subject to availability.

This July we're making flying with the Red Arrows more thrilling! Enjoy a 20% discount on our Flight Zone experiences at both London and Cosford when you pre-book them online.

For full details, please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/news/this-july-enjoy-20-off-flight-zone-experiences-in-london-and-cosford/

Discounted tickets are subject to availability.

When it comes to moving a Spitfire, the RAF Museum knows a thing or two.  So, when Spitfire RW388 was due to return to T...
28/06/2021

When it comes to moving a Spitfire, the RAF Museum knows a thing or two. So, when Spitfire RW388 was due to return to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent after a three year restoration, a team of Museum Technicians were on hand to ensure the aircrafts safe arrival.

The Spitfire arrived in the back of two lorries one carrying the fuselage and the other carrying the two wings. It is now the job of RAF Museum Technicians to reassemble the Spitfire in its new home over the next few weeks.

The RW388 was first presented to Stoke-on-Trent in 1972 by Air Chief Marshal Sir Neil Wheeler. It has been restored to its former glory at Medway Aircraft Preservation Society's workshop in Kent.

Images by Sgt Graham Taylor Royal Air Force Cosford.

27/06/2021

Creatively responding to our London exhibition ‘In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz’, Middlesex University’s BA Fine Art and MA Printmaking students, with Associate Professor Steve Mumberson, have produced an incredible range of works, on display at the Museum. The project began with a drawing workshop in which a selection of war art works were shown and discussed.

Students made drawings after them in different media, before developing their ideas and work at the University. Steve describes how the students approached the project, finding sometimes unexpected connections with war art subjects. The display in Hangar 3 features prints in all media from monoprint to digital, as well as paintings and reliefs.

To see more works from the ‘In Air and Fire’ exhibition, why not consult our Collections Online here: https://collections.rafmuseum.org.uk/

Alternatively book your free ticket to view this exhibition in person at https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london. Admission to the exhibition is included in your general admission to the Museum. Entry to the Museum is by pre-booked timed ticket only.

26/06/2021

It's Armed Forces Day today! We hope you've been marching away all week, if not then perhaps today is the day!

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have joined forces to help us all share, remember and celebrate the amazing stories of our Armed Forces.

Where are all you walking? Are you walking in memory of anyone? Please share your story and photos with us we'd love to hear about your adventures. Some of you may be exploring new areas, others remembering loved ones. Good luck to you all.

For more information about the In the Footsteps of our Forces event, please click here: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/virtual-events/joint-operations-events/in-the-footsteps-of-our-forces/

There's still time to sign up and show your support by the Challenge's deadline 4 July.

25/06/2021

Thanks so much for joining our #takeoverday !! We hope you enjoyed it and we hope to see you here soon!
The RAF Youth Panel :)

@kidsinmuseums

Have you been tracking our progress around the museum today? #takeoverday @kidsinmuseums
25/06/2021

Have you been tracking our progress around the museum today? #takeoverday @kidsinmuseums

To celebrate Pride Month, we would like to share the story of Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom. In 2011, she became the fir...
25/06/2021

To celebrate Pride Month, we would like to share the story of Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom. In 2011, she became the first openly transgender pilot in the British Armed Forces. Check out our story for a link to find out more about her #takeoverday Kids in Museums
#pridemonth

To celebrate Pride Month, we would like to share the story of Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom. In 2011, she became the first openly transgender pilot in the British Armed Forces. Check out our story for a link to find out more about her #takeoverday Kids in Museums
#pridemonth

Sketches of Hangar 1 by our talented Youth Panel member Keya!#takeoverday Kids in Museums
25/06/2021

Sketches of Hangar 1 by our talented Youth Panel member Keya!
#takeoverday Kids in Museums

Hi! We are the RAF Museum Youth Panel. Join us as takeover and explore the museum #takeoverday Kids in Museums
25/06/2021

Hi! We are the RAF Museum Youth Panel. Join us as takeover and explore the museum #takeoverday Kids in Museums

Hi! We are the RAF Museum Youth Panel. Join us as takeover and explore the museum #takeoverday Kids in Museums

Today is the Kids in Museums Digital Takeover Day. A chance for young people to take over museum social media channels.T...
25/06/2021

Today is the Kids in Museums Digital Takeover Day. A chance for young people to take over museum social media channels.

The RAF Museum London will be taking part with members of our very own Youth Panel, taking over our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Our usual posts and stories will look a bit different today. They will go around the site, posting about the RAF Museum, objects, things they find interesting, quirky and fun, and general happenings throughout the day. Kids in Museums #takeoverday

Today is the Kids in Museums Digital Takeover Day. A chance for young people to take over museum social media channels.

The RAF Museum London will be taking part with members of our very own Youth Panel, taking over our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Our usual posts and stories will look a bit different today. They will go around the site, posting about the RAF Museum, objects, things they find interesting, quirky and fun, and general happenings throughout the day. Kids in Museums #takeoverday

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career...
24/06/2021

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military. This Armed Forces Week we would like to say a big thank you for all those in the Reservists Armed Forces Community.

We thought that Alice's story was the perfect one to share today.

https://www.rafstories.org/story/raf-wp-7272

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military. This Armed Forces Week we would like to say a big thank you for all those in the Reservists Armed Forces Community.

We thought that Alice's story was the perfect one to share today.

https://www.rafstories.org/story/raf-wp-7272

STAAR recruits…this is your final Mission Briefing! In order to complete your mission, recruits must record a 3-5 minute...
21/06/2021

STAAR recruits…this is your final Mission Briefing!

In order to complete your mission, recruits must record a 3-5 minute presentation introducing your team and explaining the features and components of your UAV design, and project findings to date. Further instructions can be found in your briefing pack.

We are looking for a piece that will wow our judges and give you a chance of becoming a STAAR where you will experience an advanced aerospace residential held at RAF Cosford later this year.

The STAAR programme is fully funded by Northrop Grumman Corporation and is delivered in partnership with the RAF Museum and Tablet Academy UK, with the generous support of Royal Air Force Cosford and the Royal Air Force Youth Engagement Team.

21/06/2021

In our latest video for our London exhibition ‘In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz’ artist Michael Broughton discusses drawing witnessed encounters, including difficult subjects one must come to terms with.

Broughton finds that drawing – therefore scrutinising – everyday encounters enables one to develop a greater empathy with situations around them: ‘Your life is not your choice in the sense that experiences happen to you over and above your wanting – drawing is a way of coming to terms with looking at something…a way of not turning away’.

This video features works by Olga Lehmann, Robert Austin and Claude Rowberry. Interview was given by Curator Julia Beaumont-Jones.

To see works featured in the exhibition why not consult our Collections Online here: https://collections.rafmuseum.org.uk/

Alternatively entry into the exhibition is part of your free admission to our London site. To book your timed ticket or entry to our London site, please go to: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london

Take inspiration from Captain Sir Tom Moore and get active by participating in a 5, 10 or 25 km walk around historic sit...
21/06/2021

Take inspiration from Captain Sir Tom Moore and get active by participating in a 5, 10 or 25 km walk around historic sites in your local community, reflecting on the contribution of our Service personnel.

The Royal Air Force Museum together with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are delighted to announce the launch of a country-wide celebration of our Service personnel in conjunction with Armed Forces Week.

The four organisations have come together to host a virtual walking event 'In the Footsteps of Our Forces', and are appealing to the public to reflect on and celebrate the role of our Armed Forces today and in the past.

The virtual walk starts today (Monday 21 June), at the start of Armed Forces Week, and will end on Sunday 4 July. The public will have two weeks to complete their chosen distance of either 5, 10 or 25 km. They will also be able to download one of the suggested routes, which will take then around museums, war graves, memorials, historical sites and places of remembrance. The suggested routes include walks around historic Hendon, the home of the RAF Museum.

The cost to register for 'In the Footsteps of Our Forces' is £18 and the money raised will support us in helping to continue to tell the stories of those who served and are still serving in the Armed Forces today.

A discounted ticket priced £15 is offered to members of the Armed Forces community (including veterans, cadets and serving personnel). If five or more friends or family members enter, they will be eligible for a 10% discount on tickets. If a group of 10 or more enter then a 15% discount will apply.

All of those who complete the walk will be awarded a commemorative medal to mark their achievement.

Book your ticket here: https://jointoperations.digitickets.co.uk/category/34424
Or visit our website for further details: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/in-the-footsteps-of-our-forces/

RAF Museum London events are back! We cannot wait to see our visitors again and deliver loads of fun activities and even...
19/06/2021

RAF Museum London events are back! We cannot wait to see our visitors again and deliver loads of fun activities and events…but to do this we need your help!

We are after bright and friendly event volunteers to engage with our London visitors to make their visit feel extra special.

So if you are you interested in gaining some first-hand events experience in a museum or our looking to gain practical experience to kick-start your career in events, please go to: http://ow.ly/JSKf50Fe2GX

You will be given full training plus daily expenses.

18/06/2021
Show your support to the U.K's Armed Forces. Sign up to 'In the Footsteps of our Forces'

This is the amazing medal you will receive after completing our ‘In the Footsteps of our Forces’ Challenge. Walk in honour of those who serve during this year’s #ArmedForcesWeek (21-27 June). The RAF Museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have come together to host a virtual walk event, in the #FootstepsOfOurForces, reflecting on the role of our Armed Forces.

For further details and to find out to show your support for our service personnel by registering for this event, please visit: http://ow.ly/PIVa50FbwvW

Charges apply

Father's Day is in a few days. If you haven't found the right gift yet, have a look at our online Shop. https://www.rafm...
15/06/2021

Father's Day is in a few days. If you haven't found the right gift yet, have a look at our online Shop. https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/fathers-day-gifts.html

We have a genuine Irvin Original Flying Jacket. A legend with its place in history, but as much as anything else owning a genuine Irvin just feels right. https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/original-irvin-flying-jacket.html

What about this elegant pilot watch? The functionality of the first wrist watches to be worn by pilots, is the inspiration for this collection of timeless watches. https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/pilot-watch-black-face-tan-strap.html

You stupid boy! Those three words brings us straight back to Dad's Army. These socks are a great gift idea for any Dad's Army fan! https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/dad-s-army-stupid-boy-socks-end-aug-16.html

Very popular is this officially licensed RAF wallet made exclusively designed for the RAF Museum, and embossed with the official RAF Wings Logo. https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/raf-wings-wallet.html

Something very special is this high-gloss solid wooden Lancaster model, expertly carved out of Mahogany. This beautiful handmade piece is perfect for a personal gift, desk top model or presentation award. https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/wooden-high-gloss-lancaster-model.html

And you cannot go wrong with a tie as a gift. We have this elegant RAF Silk Tie, made from excellent quality handmade 100% silk. https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/woven-silk-raf-stripe-tie.html

Have a look at our website to explore our range of lovely gifts for Father's Day (and beyond). https://www.rafmuseumshop.com/fathers-day-gifts.html

Address

Grahame Park Way
London
NW9 5LL

The Royal Air Force Museum, London is a 7 minute walk from Colindale Tube Station. There is a regular bus service from directly in front of the Station, which drops you off right outside of the Museum. To do this, take the 303 heading to Edgware.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

020 8205 2266

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Our Purpose and Vision

Our purpose is to share the story of the Royal Air Force, past, present and future – using the stories of its people and our collections in order to engage, inspire and encourage learning.

The Royal Air Force has shaped our nation and our society. It has influenced how we live our lives today through its impact on world events, society and technology.

The Royal Air Force Museum was established as a legacy of the RAF’s fiftieth anniversary, opening our London (Hendon) site in 1972. From 1979, the Museum also managed the Cosford Aerospace Museum for the MOD, which had also been in operation since 1972. This was renamed the RAF Museum Cosford in 1998 when it formally became part of the Museum portfolio. The Museum also has two external stores, one in Stafford and another within RAF Cosford.

The Royal Air Force Museum is a National Museum, a Government non-departmental public body (NDPB) and a registered charity. Our collection is central to everything we are and do and comprises around 1.3m objects which we hold in trust for the people of the UK. Our RAF Centenary transformation in 2018 enabled the Museum to bring an additional 500 objects from our stores to share with our visitors – most of which had never been displayed before.

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Ok so just 19km to run until my 150k is completed. I’ve already taken 4 weeks to do 131k, so this time next week should mean I’m finished . 😁
I have tried to send pics etc but they say the site isn’t registered Andy renwick please contact me
My wife and I have come across some paperwork relating to her Grandfather (on her mothers side). He served in the far east, and we thought you may like them for the museum, we also have a menu from the NAFFI in Kandy as well as various programes from shows held out there. From them we believe he had something to do with the radio station.
Hello can anyone help me in finding out were my friends fathers medals are and flying helmet .... We know that he gave them to a museum some years ago . Sadly did not say which one . His name was FJW Winship and was with the 208 Squadron It would be lovely for his grandchildren to be able to visit and see them in the future if we can find out where they are .... Thank you
Hi, I am a Scout Leader a wondered do you give any online talks for Groups.
Lancaster Challenge Just an explanation of how I am tackling this Challenge. I am well capable of treating the 500k as a race – aiming to complete it as quickly as possible. I have just completed the RBLI Tommy Challenge. This was to cover 150 miles – the distance covered by British Army soldiers in their retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940 – the month of January. I did the full distance in 10 days. However, for this challenge I am taking a different approach. I am flying alongside my wife. Unlike me, she does not race about madly. But as her late father, Raymond Williams, was an air gunner on Lancasters in WW2 she has agreed to do the challenge. Each day we will walk a few miles together, accompanied by my Hearing Dog Inca. The Challenge is due to close on the 17 May 2021, the anniversary of Operation Chastise. That is 128 days away. We calculate that we can cover 500k (311miles) in 128 days, if we do just 2.5 miles a day. Along the way we will share some stories about Raymond Williams (and maybe also some about my own father who served in Coastal Command during WW2). Wish us luck! Better still, sign up to the Challenge, get some exercise, and help support the RAF Museum to preserve the memories of those like Raymond Williams.
OTU Report No 1 First flight for Janice Peagam . Good circuits but (thankfully given ice) no bumps. Shows promise - just like her late father did for75 (NZ) Squadron in 1944.
Les membres du MIBAC et les administrateurs se joingnent ensemble pour vous souhaiter à toutes et tous une très bonne année 2021. En espérant que le combat contre cet ennemi invisible nous permettra de réouvrir nos portes et de continuer à faire perdurer la merveilleuse histoire de la base aérienne de Chièvres. Bonne et heureuse année à tous et encore un énorme merci pour vos soutiens. ------------------------------------------------------------------- The members of MIBAC and the administrators join together in wishing you all a very happy new year 2021. Hoping that the fight against this invisible enemy will allow us to reopen our doors and continue to perpetuate the wonderful history of the Chièvres air base. Happy New Year to everyone and again a huge thank you for your support.
Shame you can't do a Virtual Tour of the museum during lockdown I would pay to have a Virtual tour.
Just wondering if the RAF museum could help out here with the Kent Battle of Britain museum with there missing cockpit instrument panel ? It would be really decent of you if you just so happen to have one which they could marry up to thier Heinkel project ? Would be a great Christmas gesture ?
Are there any photographs of the rear cockpit of R9125, Lysander Mk III SD which flew with 161 Sqn and is now at the RAF Museum at Hendon. I am particularly interested in the adaptions for Special duties, bench seat / locker or the removal of superfluous fittings.