Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Home of the first operational military air station in Great Britain. The Heritage Centre is run entirely by volunteers who keep its amazing history alive.
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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.

It's International Women's Day Today.Margaret Clarke arrived in Montrose in 1942, the first from the Women's Auxiliary A...
08/03/2020

It's International Women's Day Today.

Margaret Clarke arrived in Montrose in 1942, the first from the Women's Auxiliary Air Force - WAAF to be posted to the Air Station.

Shortly afterwards a further 11 WAAF arrived and were billeted in Broomfield House at the edge of the Aerodrome.

#waaf #iwd2020 #ww2 #aviation

We're joining the fun as part of the myANGUS event.Come along and discover what's on your very own doorstep.  We're also...
06/03/2020

We're joining the fun as part of the myANGUS event.

Come along and discover what's on your very own doorstep.

We're also open this Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th March

#myangus #visitangus #montrose

If you live in Angus, don't miss the chance to discover what's on your doorstep during My Angus. Take advantage of the special offers and events taking place from 20 - 26 March. There's something for everyone, from history fanatics to foodies and outdoor lovers too!

Check out the programme at www.visitangus.com/myangus.

#MyAngus

Looking fantastic.  Great work by all involved.
05/03/2020

Looking fantastic. Great work by all involved.

The new Cross at Bamse's grave site is being installed by Bill Coventry of Pert Bruce contractors. Nearly finished!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - TREASURERWe have an exciting opportunity for a Volunteer Treasurer to join us and exercise their...
03/03/2020

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - TREASURER

We have an exciting opportunity for a Volunteer Treasurer to join us and exercise their financial management skills and knowledge.

In this role you will ensure our finances and supporting controls are in order and be part of a team who are committed to preserving aviation heritage in Scotland

If you are interested or know of someone who would be ideal for the role please let us know.

#volunteers #finance #accountant #treasurer #montrose #community

RESTORATION UPDATEWork continues on the restoration of our Miles Hawk trainer.  Our volunteers are busy repairing the ta...
02/03/2020

RESTORATION UPDATE

Work continues on the restoration of our Miles Hawk trainer. Our volunteers are busy repairing the tail and have begun the early stages of painting and adding RAF roundels and details.

#nearlythere #mileshawk #aviation #avgeek #raf #volunteers

For #FlashbackFriday we've discovered a fantastic photo of Perthshire Army Cadets enjoying themselves whilst on a traini...
28/02/2020

For #FlashbackFriday we've discovered a fantastic photo of Perthshire Army Cadets enjoying themselves whilst on a training camp at Montrose Air Station in the summer of 1946.

The photo is wonderfully entitled 'A Blanket-Tossing Interlude'.

We're open Saturday and Sunday, come along an see some of the original buildings these cadets would have spent time in during their training.

#joysoflife #cadets #montrose #army #summer1946

CAN YOU HELP?We are looking for new safe storage for our Green Goddess Fire Engine and a Trailer.  If you know of anyone...
25/02/2020

CAN YOU HELP?

We are looking for new safe storage for our Green Goddess Fire Engine and a Trailer. If you know of anyone or a local business with spare storage area could you let us know.

Please share widely as we are making arrangements for a fantastic new exhibit that will be announced soon.

#thatswhatfriendsarefor #storage #greengoddess #fireservice #helpwanted

23/02/2020
MuseumWeek

We'll be taking part in #MuseumWeek 2020 with a post on each day between 11 and 17 May.

Is there anything you would like to see from the Air Station under each of the themes?

#dreams #together #animals #robots #climate #gifts #stories

#MuseumWeek 2020’s hashtags are here, prepare yourself for this seventh edition devoted to #togetherness!

#dreams
#together
#animals
#robots
#climate
#gifts
#stories

Who will find the best emojis??

PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pnnXVUklLfOx3rVkb7otwRMaGAL58KLl/view?usp=sharing

EMPIRE AIR DAY - 28 MAY 1938Empire Air Day was an annual air show open to the public and held at Royal Air Force station...
21/02/2020

EMPIRE AIR DAY - 28 MAY 1938

Empire Air Day was an annual air show open to the public and held at Royal Air Force stations across the UK in the 1930's.

They were designed to give the public a 'behind the scenes' insight to British aviation. The event at No.8 Flying Training School, Montrose involved a wide array of displays, including a bombing raid, an attack with machine guns (with live ammunition) from the air and aerobatics.

Visitors were given the opportunity to try their skills at flying in a training simulator, don a gas mask and walk through a room full of gas and wander through the armoury, barracks and hangars.

We're sure the risk assessment' for the event would be slightly different for 2020.

#riskassessment #empireairday #displays #history

It was great to see our 100 year old Honorary Veteran Member, James Chambers visit us on Wednesday and this time he brou...
20/02/2020

It was great to see our 100 year old Honorary Veteran Member, James Chambers visit us on Wednesday and this time he brought along a TV team from BBC Scotland - The Nine.

Reporter Louise and cameraman Colin filmed James talking about his time working on Avro Ansons in Canada. James took a tour around our Romney building and was interviewed by Louise. Keep an eye out for the broadcast later tonight or Friday.

#veteran #100yearold #avroanson #avro #media #ww2

AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARYIt was on this day 80 years ago, 15th February 1940 that the Air Transport Auxiliary became opera...
15/02/2020

AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARY

It was on this day 80 years ago, 15th February 1940 that the Air Transport Auxiliary became operational. They performed a vital service during World War 2, ferrying new, repaired and damaged military aircraft between factories, assembly plants, maintenance units and active service squadrons and airfields. They also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and performed some air ambulance work. Notably, some of its pilots were women, and from 1943 they received equal pay to their male co-workers, a first for the British government.

Come along to the museum and see our Air Transport Auxiliary display to find out more. We're open today between 10 and 4 and on Sunday between 12 and 4.

#ATA #royalairforce #pilots #montrose #transport #ww2

Our congratulations to Jim Strachan, he has been selected as a finalist in the Community category of the Veterans awards...
14/02/2020

Our congratulations to Jim Strachan, he has been selected as a finalist in the Community category of the Veterans awards. As well as his stirling work for Poppy Scotland - Montrose and RNLI Montrose, Jim also volunteers at the Air Station, working in our shop and helping to organise events.

If you would like to volunteer, come along to our Become an Air Station Volunteer event on Saturday 22 February for more information.

Let's all welcome Jim Strachan from Poppy Scotland - Montrose finalist in the Community Award Category sponsored by Joint Force Alba Ltd at this year's Scottish #Veterans awards.

"I'm very proud and honoured to have been nominated for a Veterans Award, although it’s a team effort from Poppy Scotland Montrose, a great team, achieving great things.

Working for the local Council, I am ex Fleet Air Arm serving from 79 - 87. My first Squadron 771 Naval Air Squadron a search and rescue Squadron based in Cornwall which is strangely apt because I am also now also the Press Officer for my local Lifeboat Station.

Poppy Scotland of course needs no introduction, helping The Armed Forces and Veterans communities alike. The team in Montrose opening Scotland’s very first Poppy Scotland Cafe which is going from strength and it’s good to see regulars and new visitors enjoying the cafes fayre and friendly atmosphere.

Poppy Scotland Montrose is very much a community organisation forging many friendships in the area ranging from The Park Hotel who hosts our meetings, Montrose Academy pupils who made outstanding ceramic Poppies as a fund raiser, local Gin Distiller Redcastle Gin who inscribed special limited edition Poppy shaped Gin bottles , local print company Repro who prints our leaflets ,Tesco, Lidl, the list goes on and , many thanks to them and everyone else in the area who have made Poppy Scotland Montrose!"

Good luck to all our finalists and we look forward to celebrating your success!

Several days ago we posted a poem about Montrose Aerodrome written in 1913 by Frederic Matthews and asked if anyone had ...
13/02/2020

Several days ago we posted a poem about Montrose Aerodrome written in 1913 by Frederic Matthews and asked if anyone had any information him.

Thanks to our skilled followers we've pieced together some information about Frederic and what an amazing life he had, along with another poem.

He was a clerk with No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps at Montrose in 1913 and discharged in 1914 with the excellent send-off, 'He is strictly sober and honest'

Frederic went on to become a clergyman and was the Chaplain for the port of Hull for many years before moving to Bridlington and then Exeter. Whilst at Hull he became carried out exceptional work for unemployed sailors during the depression and was responsible for the distribution of over 1,000 food parcels to unemployed officers, sailors and their families.

During World War Two he rejoined the Royal Air Force and served for 5 years as Chaplain.

We're busy planning our VE Day 75 Celebrations at the Air Station with more details to be announced nearer the time.Mark...
12/02/2020

We're busy planning our VE Day 75 Celebrations at the Air Station with more details to be announced nearer the time.

Mark Lumgair - Piper for hire will be at the Air Station on the day to take part in this world wide event.

#piper #event #veday75 #montrose #angus #visitangus #ww2

At 3pm on Friday 8 May 2020, thousands of pipers around the world will play 'Battle’s O’er', a traditional air performed on the bagpipes at the end of a battle, and the specially composed tune 'VE 75 Years'. It was at 3pm on 8th May 1945 that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe was over.

You can take part by clicking on the register link at the top of the veday75.org website home page and entering your details. Use the 'downloads' link on the home page to download the music sheets for 'VE Day 75 Years'.

Individual pipers will play this haunting air at the top of the four highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis, Scotland; Scafell Pike, England; Mount Snowdon, Wales, and Slieve Donnard, Northern Ireland.

The tune will be played outside churches and cathedrals, in market squares and on high streets, in valleys, on town and village greens, in schools and colleges, in hospitals, on ships and in shops, hospitals, factories and offices. Where will you play your bagpipes? #VEDay75

UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT OVER MONTROSEIt was great to be reminded of this work by Montrose artist, Edward Baird when it was...
09/02/2020

UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT OVER MONTROSE

It was great to be reminded of this work by Montrose artist, Edward Baird when it was recently shared in the fantastic Montrose Memories Old & New group.

Edward Baird became an Official War Artist in 1942 and this painting was part of an exhibition in London called Six Scottish Artists. The image shows what appears to be some men looking up into the sky, trying to determine where the noise of an aircraft engine is coming from. Baird's rendition of Montrose in the background gleams in the steely light of a "Bomber's Moon", making plain the vulnerability of small coastal towns to German air raids.

#baird #artist #bombersmoon #ww2 #history #avgeek

For #flashbackfriday we've delved into our archives for these images of Montrose Air Station Royal Flying Corps mechanic...
07/02/2020

For #flashbackfriday we've delved into our archives for these images of Montrose Air Station Royal Flying Corps mechanics.

#mechanics #archives #royalflyingcorps #avgeek #aviation

Transcription Tuesday - 4 February 2020Did you know that today is transcription Tuesday.  A national day of encouraging ...
04/02/2020

Transcription Tuesday - 4 February 2020

Did you know that today is transcription Tuesday. A national day of encouraging people to help in transcribing historical documents and making them more accessible to researchers across the globe.

Our own shout-out for help in transcribing the diaries of Major Burke, the first commanding officer of Montrose Air Station, brought a fantastic response. We now have 13 volunteer transcribers helping us and with their fantastic support and patience we are well on our way to having a fully transcribed document.

#transcriptiontuesday #royalflyingcorps #history #archive #montrose #transcribe #volunteers

Published in the Montrose Standard in January 1914.  Aircraft over Montrose were still quite new.Written by Frederic Mat...
03/02/2020

Published in the Montrose Standard in January 1914. Aircraft over Montrose were still quite new.

Written by Frederic Matthews. Can anyone shed any light on the name? Was he local?

#montrose #aircraft #avgeek #aviation #poetry #archives #history

Red Lichtie Spitfire
02/02/2020

Red Lichtie Spitfire

May he rest in peace.Per Ardua ad Astra.
30/01/2020
Sad death of Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM - The Battle of Britain Memorial

May he rest in peace.

Per Ardua ad Astra.

One of the last of the Few, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, died peacefully at his home in Hampshire on Tuesday morning (28 Jan) at the age of 101. A huge supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and well known to Trustees, staff and many of the volunteers at Capel-le-Ferne, Paul was the .....

We're delighted to have recently acquired two postcards.They were originally sent by Roy Edwin Wharton, an instrument te...
27/01/2020

We're delighted to have recently acquired two postcards.

They were originally sent by Roy Edwin Wharton, an instrument technician in the Royal Flying Corps based at Montrose in 1913/1914. The postcards see him writing home wondering when they are to be moved to Farnborough and then when based at Farnborough.

Roy completed WWI as Chief Mechanic RAF Sergeant.

In the first photo, he is 2nd from the left and also 2nd from the left on the back row in the group photo.

#history #sergeant #royalflyingcorps #royalairforce #WWI

Fantastic news to see the cross for Bamse' grave being replaced and the site upgraded.  We are looking forward to seeing...
25/01/2020

Fantastic news to see the cross for Bamse' grave being replaced and the site upgraded. We are looking forward to seeing it along with all who join us on this years Bamse Walk.

#Bamse #dogwalk #stbernard

Master joiner Stevie Maddock assembles the new replacement Cross for Bamse' grave that was broken in last Winter's gales, this time made of long lasting hard wood. The whole grave site is having a major upgrade for 2020, thanks to the St Bernard Club of Scotland, GlaxoSmithKline, Pert Bruce Contractors and the Montrose Heritage Trust. More details and a formal hand-over in the Spring to follow!

In another first for our museum we have our latest recruit.  Amanda is spending this week with us on a work placement fr...
20/01/2020

In another first for our museum we have our latest recruit. Amanda is spending this week with us on a work placement from Mearns Academy as part of their STEM programme. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Amanda's ambition is to join the RAF as an engineer and will be supervised by volunteer Bill Dewar, whilst helping with our aircraft restoration work.

#STEM #workplacement #student #museums

For Flashback Friday we've found an aerial image of the museum from 1994.  Comparing it with a similar image taken durin...
17/01/2020

For Flashback Friday we've found an aerial image of the museum from 1994. Comparing it with a similar image taken during our Summer Family Weekend in 2019 really shows how much our museum has grown over the last 25 years.

Thanks to Neil Werninck Photographer for these fantastic images.

#flashbackfriday #aerialphoto #thenandnow #aviation #avgeek #museum

A special thank you to Bruce Bremner of Brechin Blinds Ltd  for all his advice and considerable support during our retai...
15/01/2020

A special thank you to Bruce Bremner of Brechin Blinds Ltd for all his advice and considerable support during our retail shop refit and upgrade.

The refit is progressing well and we'll be stocking with new merchandise soon.

#thanks #fthatswhatfriendsarefor #shop #merchandise

After hosting a photo-shoot for Squadron Prints we were delighted to receive a £500 cheque (including donations from the...
13/01/2020

After hosting a photo-shoot for Squadron Prints we were delighted to receive a £500 cheque (including donations from the aviation enthusiasts who attended). Gill Howie of Squadron Prints Ltd is pictured below presenting the donation to our Museum Chairman, Stuart Archibald.

#donation #thanks #aviation #avgeek

07/01/2020
Braemar Media

Nothing better to cheer up a damp and dismal January day than a reminder of the fantastic Freedom of Angus parade in July of 2019.

Thanks to Braemar Media for sharing.

#royalairforce #marchingband #proud

No. II (AC) Squadron Royal Air Force, led by the Central Band of the RAF, march through Montrose, Angus on Friday 26 July 2019. This was in celebration of their Freedom of Angus and close links between the town and RAF. Angus Council . RAF Lossiemouth . Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Royal Air Force

Fantastic images of No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps at Montrose from 1913.#rfc #montrose #sportsday #football #aviation...
06/01/2020

Fantastic images of No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps at Montrose from 1913.

#rfc #montrose #sportsday #football #aviation #avgeek

OPEN FOR BUSINESSWhilst our Reception and Shop are in the middle of a major refurbishment we are still open for business...
04/01/2020

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Whilst our Reception and Shop are in the middle of a major refurbishment we are still open for business.

Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Come along and be amongst our first visitors of 2020.

#stillopen #openforbusiness

Our thanks to Adventures Around Scotland - Scotland Travel Blog for visiting our Air Station and leaving such glowing co...
02/01/2020
Things to do in Montrose

Our thanks to Adventures Around Scotland - Scotland Travel Blog for visiting our Air Station and leaving such glowing comments.

My recommended things to do and places to visit in and around the town of Montrose in Scotland.

Our volunteers have been hard at work over the Festive period giving our Reception and Shop a major upgrade ready for 20...
02/01/2020

Our volunteers have been hard at work over the Festive period giving our Reception and Shop a major upgrade ready for 2020.

We'll be open again in the New Year with lots of exciting new merchandise. More details to follow soon.

#shop #merchandise #newlook #excitingtimes

On Sunday afternoon we were delighted to host a group of aviation photographers, organised by Gill and Berry from Squadr...
30/12/2019

On Sunday afternoon we were delighted to host a group of aviation photographers, organised by Gill and Berry from Squadron Prints. It was superb to have so many aircraft enthusiasts on site and we thank everyone and Squadron Prints for their generous donation of £500.

We are now in the early stages of preparing a period costume photoshoot in May 2020. More details will be following soon.

#photography #montrose #aviation #avgeek #thankyou

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

Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

01674 678222

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Hi Guys, Read this. Might be of interest to you. https://www.forces.net/news/could-you-give-raf-marhams-gate-guardian-new-home. Best regards, Jim.
Some of my shots from the Squadron Prints nightshoot . Sorry it has taken a while to post them but feel free to use them with a credit please.
HISTORY CHANNEL - H2 - TONIGHT renovating first aircraft over France at D-day The plane that led D-Day on H2. 9pm
an Autochrome picture, from Paris 1900
Thank you to Montrose Aviation Heritage Centre for hosting our photoshoot - Gill Howie from Squadron Prints Ltd, along with some fellow aviation enthusiasts, were very pleased to present a £500 cheque (including donations from those who attended) to Museum Chairman Stuart Archibald. Thanks to all who attended and to Montrose Aviation Heritage Centre for a smashing day and looking after us so well!
A unique event during the ceremony of Poland Independence Day - 11th Nov, 2019 - in the Polish city of Kalisz was the posthumous officer's nomination for pilot Wiesław Osełkowski. In 1938 Wiesław Osełkowski graduated from the renown Kalisz licee and in January 1939 he got to the dream "School of Eaglets" (air force academy) in Dęblin, Poland. His education was interrupted by war. After the September '39 defeat, he managed to get to Great Britain (via Romania, Malta, France). There he trained with the best RAF pilots at the 8th Flying Training School in Montrose. May 13, 1941, he crashed during landing Miles Master. He died on the spot**. On 11th Nov, 2019, 78 years from these events, dr Marek Moga, the nephew of the deceased soldier, received his officer nomination. This was an act of honour (tribute paid) and commemoration of all Polish pilots from the 'unfinished' (interrupted by WWII) class A.D. 1939 of the Polish Air Force University in Dęblin. There is a small display/show case of Wiesław Osełkowski in MASHC and his grave on the Sleepyhillock cementary. ** https://www.kincardineshireobserver.co.uk/news/information-about-polish-pilot-who-died-in-the-mearns-1-1604717
1919 Armistice Day and 2019 Remembrance Day in Dirleton
Our little B.E.2b at BDAC Old Sarum.
It's awesome what progress has been made at the station in the attempts to continually improve the displays and activities that are ongoing at the drome. Best wishes in the continuing efforts you are making and an exceptional well done to all the volunteers for their great work.
The route south.
From the file relating to the RFC Concentration at Netheravon.
this year's Christmas card ...