Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Summer Opening is from 1st April to 31st October, Wednesday to Sunday. Winter Opening from 1st November to 31st March, Saturday and Sunday only.

Britain’s first operational military airfield was set up in Montrose by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913. The heritage centre's collection of photographs and artefacts tell the story of RFC/RAF Montrose through the words and deeds of the men and women who served here through two world wars, bringing the airfield alive and sparking the enthusiasm and admiration of generations for whom the First and Second Wars exists only in others’ memories.

The FREE Basin Rambler bus service will be back in operation for the summer holidays starting this weekend.  It's a grea...
05/07/2019

The FREE Basin Rambler bus service will be back in operation for the summer holidays starting this weekend. It's a great opportunity to visit some fantastic local attractions.

#angus #montrose #mashc #rfc #raf #museum

Our popular and FREE Basin Rambler starts its summer season this weekend. We'll be running on Sunday between the usual attractions: the Caledonian Railway, House of Dun and Montrose Air Station, linking them all with the railway station at Montrose. Full timetable details are on our website (make a careful note of dates as the timetable differs on certain weekends!)

http://www.angustransportgroup.co.uk/basinrambler/index.html

New Opening HoursCongratulations to Suzie Winter who has won the competition to promote our new opening hours starting f...
30/06/2019

New Opening Hours

Congratulations to Suzie Winter who has won the competition to promote our new opening hours starting from Monday 1st July. Suzie is delighted with her prize of a family ticket and will be visiting the museum very soon.

We're now open from 10-4 Monday to Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to like and share our post and spread word of our activities.

#montrose #thanks #museum #rfc #raf
www.rafmontrose.org.uk

The mural is now complete.Thanks to Peter Hill  for the countless hours he has spent designing and painting a wonderful ...
27/06/2019

The mural is now complete.

Thanks to Peter Hill for the countless hours he has spent designing and painting a wonderful addition to our hangar.

Peter (on the left) is seen below with his art teacher Mike Samson. We're sure you'll join us in thanking Peter for his dedication and skill. The mural comprises the crests of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service which combined in 1918 to form the Royal Air Force.

Come along and see the finished mural in the hangar and the early stages of our Avro Anson restoration.

We're open from 10-4 on Wednesday to Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.

#rfc #rnas #raf #montrose #mural

New Summer Opening Hours from 1st July 2019.  Open 7 days per week, Monday to Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 12 t...
23/06/2019

New Summer Opening Hours from 1st July 2019.

Open 7 days per week, Monday to Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 12 to 4.

In order to promote our new Summer opening hours starting on 1st July 2019 we're offering one lucky winner a free family ticket for entry to the museum.

In order to be in with a chance of winning please like (and share) this post and like our page and let us know in the comments that you've done this.

Competition will close at 7pm on Sunday 30th June whereby the winner will announced.

The necessary small print - this competition is in no way affiliated to Facebook. Sharing is not a condition of entry but would be greatly appreciated.

#rfc #raf #montrose #competition #likeandshare

Exciting NewsArriving at the museum soon is a complete album of original photographs from Montrose Air Station in 1918.T...
20/06/2019

Exciting News

Arriving at the museum soon is a complete album of original photographs from Montrose Air Station in 1918.

The photos give a fascinating insight into everyday life at the station but for today we're giving only an early showing of the front cover, further images will appear over the next few weeks.

Keep watching for more news.

#throwbackthursday #rfc #raf #montrose

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

Anyone for a vintage dance?On Saturday 14 September, we are holding a Vintage NAAFI Dance in the Montrose Royal British ...
17/06/2019

Anyone for a vintage dance?

On Saturday 14 September, we are holding a Vintage NAAFI Dance in the Montrose Royal British Legion celebrating the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force at RAF Montrose from 1913 to 1950.

We have music from the decades by Jack McPherson, and guests, if you wish, are encouraged to dress in vintage or period styles from the 1940s to 1970s.

Tickets are now available priced at £10, which includes a Finger Buffet and can be purchased from the Centre’s Shop/Reception, tel 01674 678222.

#dance #vintagedance #royalbritishlegion #montrose

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

HAPPY FATHERS DAYStuck for something to do on Fathers Day?Bring your father and your family along to Montrose Air Statio...
16/06/2019

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Stuck for something to do on Fathers Day?

Bring your father and your family along to Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. Plenty to see and do as we're open from 12 noon until 4pm.

#fathersday #raf #rfc #montrose

For more information visit our website :
www.rafmontrose.org.uk

An Amazing StoryThree years ago one of our visitors bought a second-hand book on the history of the air station at the h...
13/06/2019

An Amazing Story

Three years ago one of our visitors bought a second-hand book on the history of the air station at the heritage centre. He took it home and added it to his pile of 'to be read sometime soon' books.

Late in 2018 he finally got around to it and as he took it out of the bookcase a postcard fell out. He picked it up and was shocked to be looking at a pilot that was his double. The thing is the photo was taken in 1917 and our visitor was born in 1956!

Many of his relatives were surprised by the likeness.

Written on the back of the postcard is 'Royal Flying Corps pilot with Avro 504, Montrose 1917.

We've not been able to identify the pilot and ask you all to share far and wide to help in finding his name. Could it be a long lost relative of our visitor or a spooky coincidence?

#throwbackthursday #montrose #rfc #raf

www.rafmontrose.co.uk

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
10/06/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Neil Werninck   Photographer
08/06/2019

Neil Werninck Photographer

With the 'D' Day Allies - another from the shoot with model Kate at the air station.

07/06/2019
Proud of our Volunteers

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 7 - Let's Celebrate

Over the last 7 days we've been extremely proud to celebrate Volunteers Week by highlighting the work of just a handful of our volunteering team.

It is the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers that is reasonable for the success and growth of the museum.

To maintain this success we are always keen to welcome new volunteers and the skills they can bring.

If you would like more information please message us or call into the museum.

#volunteersweekscot #volunteer #montrose #aviation #volunteersweek

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 6 - Let's CelebrateDid you know we have a collection of over 4,000 books in our aviation ...
06/06/2019

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 6 - Let's Celebrate

Did you know we have a collection of over 4,000 books in our aviation library. Carole plays an important role, volunteering to catalogue and maintain the collection that can be used by visitors for research.

If you are interested in volunteering at our museum in any of a number of different activities, please message us or call into the museum.

#volunteersweekscot #volunteer #montrose #volunteersweek

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the words of a poem by Cyril Crain, a veteran of the Juno beach la...
06/06/2019

Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the words of a poem by Cyril Crain, a veteran of the Juno beach landing on 6th June 1944.

Come and stand in memory
Of men who fought and died
They gave their lives in Normandy
Remember them with pride.

Soldiers, Airman, Sailors
Airborne and Marines
Who in civvy life were tailors
and men who worked machines.

British and Canadian
And men from USA
Forces from the Commonwealth
They all were there that day.

To Juno, Sword and Utah
Beaches of renown
Also Gold and Omaha
That’s where the ramps went down.

The battle raged in Normandy
Many lives were lost
The war must end in victory
And this must be the cost

When my life is over
And I reach the other side
I’ll meet my friends from Normandy
And shake their hands with pride.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
06/06/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

6th June, 2019 will mark the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord and the D-Day landing that changed the course of the...
05/06/2019

6th June, 2019 will mark the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord and the D-Day landing that changed the course of the Second World War.

Tonight at 9.30pm, 75 years ago the first aircraft took off from British airfields for airborne operations to seize key objectives such as bridges, road crossings and terrain features, particularly on the eastern and western flanks of the landing areas.

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 5 - Let's CelebrateDid you know we regularly have groups for tours around the museum, all...
05/06/2019

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 5 - Let's Celebrate

Did you know we regularly have groups for tours around the museum, all led, informed and entertained by our volunteer tour guides. During May we welcomed 9 different visits ranging from Primary Schools to the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust and we already have 10 tours arranged for June.

Here we have Juls and Dan with Inverbervie Nursery who visited us in February.

If you would like to be part of our volunteer tour guide team please get in touch. You'll learn all about the history of the museum and gain new skills whilst passing on that knowledge.

Message us or call into the museum if you would like more information.

#volunteersweekscot #volunteer #montrose #volunteersweek

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
05/06/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 4 - Let's CelebrateMeet Bill, Philip and Sam, three of our restoration volunteers, who gi...
04/06/2019

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 4 - Let's Celebrate

Meet Bill, Philip and Sam, three of our restoration volunteers, who give up their time to lovingly restore the aircraft we have at the museum.

If you would like to play a part in preserving our aeronautical heritage whilst learning new skills working alongside a dedicated team, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you, simply message us or call into the museum.

#volunteersweekscot #volunteer #montrose #restoration

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
04/06/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 3 - Let's CelebrateMeet Andy, a real stalwart of the museum.  Seen here in one of his man...
03/06/2019

Volunteers Week Scotland - Day 3 - Let's Celebrate

Meet Andy, a real stalwart of the museum. Seen here in one of his many roles around the site.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to gain new skills whilst working with a fantastic group of people, let us know. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who could help Andy keeping our grounds in pristine condition for visitors.

Get in touch or call into the museum.

#volunteersweekscot #montrose #volunteer

www.raf.montrose.org.uk

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
03/06/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
02/06/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Volunteers Week Scotland - Let's CelebrateJames volunteers as one of our small band of archivists, supporting our work i...
02/06/2019

Volunteers Week Scotland - Let's Celebrate

James volunteers as one of our small band of archivists, supporting our work in recording all artefacts to museum standards.

To help our work we are keen to expand our team of archivists recording our expanding collection. If you have an attention to detail and are passionate about preserving history, why not volunteer some of your time to support the museum.

Message us for more information or call into the museum for a chat.

#volunteersweekscot

Volunteers Week Scotland - Let's Celebrate.Pam is one of a group of volunteers who work in our reception and shop, meeti...
01/06/2019

Volunteers Week Scotland - Let's Celebrate.

Pam is one of a group of volunteers who work in our reception and shop, meeting visitors and giving information about the museum.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us and to use your customer service skills supporting our museum, please message us or call into the museum.

We would love to hear from you.

#volunteersweekscot

It's time to celebrate the work of our fantastic volunteers.Our museum is entirely run by a dedicated group of volunteer...
31/05/2019

It's time to celebrate the work of our fantastic volunteers.

Our museum is entirely run by a dedicated group of volunteers and over the next 7 days we'll be celebrating their work during Volunteers Week Scotland. Each day we'll focus on an activity at the museum and the people who give up their time to help out.

If you would like to volunteer at our museum, message us or call into the museum.

#volunteersweekscot

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo
30/05/2019

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre's cover photo

Fantastic news - we've entered the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame after receiving their much coveted Certificate of Excellenc...
29/05/2019

Fantastic news - we've entered the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame after receiving their much coveted Certificate of Excellence for the 5th year in a row.

Thanks go all to all our visitors who have enjoyed their visit and then taken the time to leave positive comments about our museum on Trip Advisor.

#tripadvisor #celebrate #montrose

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

27/05/2019

Following our exciting news about the newly registered Red Lichtie Spitfire tartan designed by the Tartan Artisan, we have an exclusive opportunity to produce a range of products such as ties, scarves and caps in this beautiful tartan.

Before proceeding we are keen to gauge the level of interest from our followers on Facebook. It is hoped the range would be available from our shop at the museum and online to the UK.

Please complete the poll below indicating whether a range of products would be of interest to you.

Model Kate assists with Miles Hawk restoration.
26/05/2019

Model Kate assists with Miles Hawk restoration.

Here's Lucy the Greyhound standing next to our Gloster Meteor jet fighter.  Both still beautiful, but not quite as fast ...
25/05/2019

Here's Lucy the Greyhound standing next to our Gloster Meteor jet fighter. Both still beautiful, but not quite as fast as they used to be.

Our Heritage Centre is dog friendly, come along with your dogs and have a stroll around the exhibits at your leisure.

Open 10-4 Wednesday to Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

#dogfriendly #meteor #dog #montrose

Thanks to Abbaye et aérodromes de Beaupré sur la Lys - La Gorgue for posting details of a book written by Percy Edwin Bu...
25/05/2019

Thanks to Abbaye et aérodromes de Beaupré sur la Lys - La Gorgue for posting details of a book written by Percy Edwin Butcher, 2nd Air Mechanic in August 1914 when he was in Montrose with the No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps.

#sharedhistory #royalflyingcorps #royalairforce #montrose #aviation

Bibliography

After the works of two officers: Duncan Grinnell-Milne for 'Wind in the Wires' and Herbert Ward for 'An Erratic Odyssey', here is a book written by Percy Edwin Butcher, 2nd Air Mechanic in August 1914 when he was in Montrose with the No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Still with No.2 Squadron, Butcher ended up on the aerodrome of Merville (Beaupré Peninsula) after the 'Race to the Sea'. In his book, a drawing attributes the aerodrome to the city of Estaires. Obviously the aerodrome was on the Merville lands.
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Après les ouvrages de deux officiers: Duncan Grinnell-Milne pour 'Wind in the Wires' et Herbert Ward pour 'An Erratic Odyssey', voici un livre écrit par Percy Edwin Butc,her, 2nd Air Mechanic en août 1914 lorsqu'il était à Montrose avec le No.2 Squadron. Toujours avec le No.2 Squadron, Butcher s'est retrouvé sur l'aérodrome de Merville (Presqu'île de Beaupré) après la "Course à la Mer". Dans son livre, un dessin attribue l'aérodrome à la ville d'Estaires. De toute évidence, l'aérodrome se trouvait bien sur les terres de Merville.

C) 'Skill and Devotion - A personal reminiscence of the famous No.2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps', P. E. Butcher, Radio Modeller Book Division, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, Great Britain, 1971.

#WW1 #RoyalFlyingCorps #RoyalAirForce #WesternFront #Beaupresurlalys #cistercian #abbey

#MuseumWeek is taking place between 13 and 19 May.As part of this, it's time get your smartphones and cameras out: Satur...
17/05/2019

#MuseumWeek is taking place between 13 and 19 May.

As part of this, it's time get your smartphones and cameras out: Saturday is photo day #photoMW. Send us your photos of your trip to our Heritage Centre or other museums around Angus. To get us started here's a photo of Kate Heren taken earlier this week next to our Miles Hawk restoration project.

We're open this weekend; Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4. Remember free entry for children under 16.

Visit our website for more information www.rafmontrose.org.uk

#MuseumWeek is taking place between 13 and 19 May.  What better way to celebrate and encourage a museum trip than a chan...
15/05/2019

#MuseumWeek is taking place between 13 and 19 May.

What better way to celebrate and encourage a museum trip than a chance to win a family pass to visit our museum (2 adults - children are free).

Update : Congratulations to Linda Cooper from Montrose who is the lucky winner of a family pass to the museum. Linda is hoping to visit with her family soon.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to like and share the post about Museum Week.

We're open this weekend and would love to see you visiting us, participating in #MuseumWeek and sharing your photos and experience of your visit.

Really good to see 212 Highland Bty Royal Artillery visit us yesterday on their recruitment tour of the area.  Visit the...
15/05/2019

Really good to see 212 Highland Bty Royal Artillery visit us yesterday on their recruitment tour of the area. Visit their page for more information.

A successful tour around Montrose and Brechin today. A big shout out for the very warm welcomes and interest, especially at Dunninald Castle & Gardens and Montrose Heritage Air Station. Other places visited included the Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve, Brechin FC and the Brechin Castle Centre.

On this date in 1912, No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed in Farnborough with Major C.J. Burke as the Commanding...
13/05/2019

On this date in 1912, No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed in Farnborough with Major C.J. Burke as the Commanding Officer.

In February 1913 they relocated to Montrose and established Britain's first operational miltary air station.

On 26 July the Freedom of Angus will be conferred on No.2 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on what is set to be a memorable day.

Watch this space for details and visit our website for more information on the history of RAF Montrose.

www.rafmontrose.org.uk

We had a visit today from The Tartan Artisan, creator of the newly registered Red Lichtie Spitfire Tartan.  Looking forw...
12/05/2019

We had a visit today from The Tartan Artisan, creator of the newly registered Red Lichtie Spitfire Tartan. Looking forward to working with him. Keep an eye out for future posts on this exciting project.

#tartan #thetartanartisan

Following the visit by Anna Belorusova, along with a crew from Channel One in Russia, we've made the news on Russian TV....
12/05/2019
Выпуск программы "Время" в 21:00 10 мая 2019 года. Новости. Первый канал

Following the visit by Anna Belorusova, along with a crew from Channel One in Russia, we've made the news on Russian TV.

Anna is the granddaughter of Soviet pilot Commander Peter Kolesnikov, one of sixty aircrew who travelled “in secret” from the former USSR to Perthshire and Angus at the height of the second world war.

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre appears 2 minutes into the video clip.

https://www.1tv.ru/news/issue/2019-05-10/21:00#12

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Address

Waldron Road
Montrose
DD10 9BD

The X7 Perth to Aberdeen Bus passes close to the Air Station. Get off at the Waldron Road stop and you will see the sign guiding you over a bridge to the Air Station.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

01674 678222

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