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.

Operating as usual

SCAMBLE ! SCRAMBLE ! Calling all our wonderful Facebook sleuths ! Just occasionally we receive an item that proves a lit...
21/08/2021

SCAMBLE ! SCRAMBLE !

Calling all our wonderful Facebook sleuths !

Just occasionally we receive an item that proves a little reluctant to tell its story so we have decided that this is the ideal Mission for our FB friends and amateur archaeologists.

We will post a picture of these items with a brief description and hopefully this will get your wonderful imaginations and knowledge flowing.

Please do remember that we encourage young people to join in on our page so let’s all try and keep our suggestions at the appropriate level.

So our first object of interest is . . .

An item made of aluminium and wood with a degree scale along the edge.
On the reverse is a spring type clip as seen in the picture.

We believe it to be from the 50s and 60s with a possible connection to a Navigator on the Victor and Vulcan V force.

Over to you and good luck 👍

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ! After careful consideration it has been decided to cancel our hoped for Fly In and Open Weekend ...
16/08/2021

IMPORTANT INFORMATION !

After careful consideration it has been decided to cancel our hoped for Fly In and Open Weekend on the 4th and 5th of September 2021.

We are concerned that we will not be able to fully meet the expectations of our wonderful visitors so it has been reluctantly decided to cancel this years event.

However we will have a bigger and better Fly In and Open Weekend in 2022 so please watch our page for further information on this exciting event.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this change may cause.

Onwards and Upwards.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION !

After careful consideration it has been decided to cancel our hoped for Fly In and Open Weekend on the 4th and 5th of September 2021.

We are concerned that we will not be able to fully meet the expectations of our wonderful visitors so it has been reluctantly decided to cancel this years event.

However we will have a bigger and better Fly In and Open Weekend in 2022 so please watch our page for further information on this exciting event.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this change may cause.

Onwards and Upwards.

Oh what a lovely day . . . . We want to share it with you ! The Museum is open today from 10am to 4pm with last entry at...
14/08/2021

Oh what a lovely day . . . . We want to share it with you !

The Museum is open today from 10am to 4pm with last entry at 3pm and tomorrow from 12pm to 4pm with last entry at 3pm.

We look to welcoming you to our wonderful Museum.

With a new day there comes a new dawn. Forward Together.
14/08/2021

With a new day there comes a new dawn.

Forward Together.

With a new day there comes a new dawn.

Forward Together.

Today the volunteer team said a heartfelt farewell to our research champion Michael Brewis. There are no words that can ...
13/08/2021

Today the volunteer team said a heartfelt farewell to our research champion Michael Brewis.

There are no words that can explain the new level of knowledge and understanding that we now have about the past heroes that served at Montrose Air Station.

This new knowledge is entirely due to our hero Michael.

You will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on.

Rest in Peace.

Today the volunteer team said a heartfelt farewell to our research champion Michael Brewis.

There are no words that can explain the new level of knowledge and understanding that we now have about the past heroes that served at Montrose Air Station.

This new knowledge is entirely due to our hero Michael.

You will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on.

Rest in Peace.

A polite reminder that the Montrose Air Station Museum will be closed all day on Friday 13th August to allow our volunte...
11/08/2021

A polite reminder that the Montrose Air Station Museum will be closed all day on Friday 13th August to allow our volunteers to say farewell to our friend and colleague Michael Brewis.

We will be open as normal on Saturday and Sunday.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

A polite reminder that the Montrose Air Station Museum will be closed all day on Friday 13th August to allow our volunteers to say farewell to our friend and colleague Michael Brewis.

We will be open as normal on Saturday and Sunday.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time.

Please be aware that the Montrose Air Station Museum will be closed all day on Friday 13th 2021. This is as a mark of re...
07/08/2021

Please be aware that the Montrose Air Station Museum will be closed all day on Friday 13th 2021.

This is as a mark of respect and to allow our volunteer team to say their goodbyes to our friend Michael Brewis.

The Museum will be open as normal on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Please be aware that the Montrose Air Station Museum will be closed all day on Friday 13th 2021.

This is as a mark of respect and to allow our volunteer team to say their goodbyes to our friend Michael Brewis.

The Museum will be open as normal on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

It is with great sadness that we can now share that one of our cornerstone volunteers sadly passed away suddenly last Su...
06/08/2021

It is with great sadness that we can now share that one of our cornerstone volunteers sadly passed away suddenly last Sunday.

Our friend and colleague Michael Brewis was our main researcher and his skills and dedication to the history of the Air Station will be sorely missed.

Michael was one of a kind and although we only had him with us for a relatively short period of time the research and information he has gathered has taken our knowledge and understanding of those who served at Montrose Air Station to a new level.

Thank you Michael for everything that you have achieved for the Museum.

I am sure Michael’s new journey will see him tracking down the heroes of the past and adding them to his database on the other side of the divide.

Rest in Peace Michael.

It is with great sadness that we can now share that one of our cornerstone volunteers sadly passed away suddenly last Sunday.

Our friend and colleague Michael Brewis was our main researcher and his skills and dedication to the history of the Air Station will be sorely missed.

Michael was one of a kind and although we only had him with us for a relatively short period of time the research and information he has gathered has taken our knowledge and understanding of those who served at Montrose Air Station to a new level.

Thank you Michael for everything that you have achieved for the Museum.

I am sure Michael’s new journey will see him tracking down the heroes of the past and adding them to his database on the other side of the divide.

Rest in Peace Michael.

The Montrose Air Station Museum will be open this weekend with the following opening and closing times.  Friday and Satu...
05/08/2021

The Montrose Air Station Museum will be open this weekend with the following opening and closing times.

Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm with last entry at 3pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm with last entry at 3pm.

Thank you for your patience during this particularly difficult time.

The Montrose Air Station Museum will be open this weekend with the following opening and closing times.

Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm with last entry at 3pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm with last entry at 3pm.

Thank you for your patience during this particularly difficult time.

03/08/2021

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre would like to apologize to any of our visitors who attempted to visit the Museum on Sunday the 1st of August.

Due to the sudden passing of one of our valued volunteers earlier on Sunday morning the decision was made to close the museum as a sign of respect and in support of the volunteers on duty who were deeply shocked by the sudden sad news.

More details will be released when it is deemed to be appropriate.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult period.

We are looking for local outside caterers that would be able to provide refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Hot Food and Ice Crea...
29/07/2021

We are looking for local outside caterers that would be able to provide refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Hot Food and Ice Creams) for our Open Weekend scheduled for Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021.

Please contact Stuart Archibald on [email protected] if you have availability that weekend and are interested in joining us.

#OpenWeekend #catering #montrose #museum #heritage

We are looking for local outside caterers that would be able to provide refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Hot Food and Ice Creams) for our Open Weekend scheduled for Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021.

Please contact Stuart Archibald on [email protected] if you have availability that weekend and are interested in joining us.

#OpenWeekend #catering #montrose #museum #heritage

Our latest restoration project is complete.There were a number of these old fire hydrants located around the airfield si...
28/07/2021

Our latest restoration project is complete.

There were a number of these old fire hydrants located around the airfield site, probably installed during the expansion of the airfield in the late 1930's.

Our volunteers removed the old flaking paint and found the manufacturers name cast at the top rear, reading HAM BAKER & Co Ltd ENGINEERS WESTMINSTER. All cleaned and repainted.

#FireHydrant #Hydrant #montrose #museum #heritage #history #WW2 #WW2History

Our latest restoration project is complete.

There were a number of these old fire hydrants located around the airfield site, probably installed during the expansion of the airfield in the late 1930's.

Our volunteers removed the old flaking paint and found the manufacturers name cast at the top rear, reading HAM BAKER & Co Ltd ENGINEERS WESTMINSTER. All cleaned and repainted.

#FireHydrant #Hydrant #montrose #museum #heritage #history #WW2 #WW2History

Fantastic to see some of the early images from 'Otto', a drama based on true events with scenes shot in our very own 194...
26/07/2021

Fantastic to see some of the early images from 'Otto', a drama based on true events with scenes shot in our very own 1940's room.

We're looking forward to watching the finished production by Talisman Media.

#movie #ww2 #ww2History #montrose #museum #heritage #film #aviation #history

Wonderful to see that Vic, the War Horse of Montrose was confirmed as No.29 in The War Horse Memorial series of 100 Hero...
25/07/2021

Wonderful to see that Vic, the War Horse of Montrose was confirmed as No.29 in The War Horse Memorial series of 100 Hero Horses.

Come along to our museum to see the full remarkable story in our new Animals in War Display.

#VicWarHorse #AnimalsInWar #montrose #museum #heritage #horse #equine #PurplePoppy #WW1 #WW1History

Vic the Faithful becomes our Hero Horse number 29...the story of Vic and Captain Wallace was sent to us by Sian Brewis. Sian is Volunteer/Director at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, in Scotland.

She tells us “whilst recently doing research for a new display at the museum, my husband came across the story of Vic the war horse from Montrose on the Scotland's War website. There was little more than a few lines about Vic and Captain Wallace who rode her throughout World War I. Following on from this, we have managed to trace Captain Wallace's grandson who lives in America. He is the proud owner of the photos of Vic and his grandfather from their time together in the War, which he kept all his life. Vic, obviously had a special place in his heart.
I think this much overlooked story deserves to be told to a new generation, and I nominate Vic for the 100 Hero Horses award."

Vic’s story began in August 1914, within only a few days of the outbreak of World War I. She was commandeered from her home at Mains of Rossie, near Montrose, by the British Army, and served throughout the war with the Forfarshire Battery, the Royal Field Artillery, first with the 51st Division and later with the 14th Division. Her story came to public attention in the Dundee Courier newspaper edition of Tuesday, May 13, 1919. More pictures and information on our website https://thewarhorsememorial.org/100-hero-horses/vic-the-faithful/ #warhorsememorial #warhorse #WW1 #WW2 # army #animalwelfare #horses #equine #purplepoppy #horse #equine

We do enjoy this story......#montrose #museum #heritage #WW2 #WW2History #RoyalAirForce
23/07/2021

We do enjoy this story......

#montrose #museum #heritage #WW2 #WW2History #RoyalAirForce

We do enjoy this story......

#montrose #museum #heritage #WW2 #WW2History #RoyalAirForce

Our sincere thanks to Frameworks Gallery Aberdeen for their superb framing of the medals from Captain Wallace and then d...
23/07/2021

Our sincere thanks to Frameworks Gallery Aberdeen for their superb framing of the medals from Captain Wallace and then donating their work. 👏👏👏👏👏

A wonderful part of the story of Vic, the Montrose War Horse.

#VicWarHorse #AnimalsInWar #WarHorse #Montrose #Museum #Heritage #WW1 #WW1History #Military #MilitaryHistory

The opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games today reminds us of our very own Olympian.Charles Douglas Tomalin OBE, DFC, AFC w...
23/07/2021

The opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games today reminds us of our very own Olympian.

Charles Douglas Tomalin OBE, DFC, AFC was completing his pilot training at RAF Montrose in early 1936 when he was called into the British Diving Team at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Whilst at Montrose we wonder exactly where he trained for his springboard and platform diving?

As an accomplished diver, Charles had already gained success in the 1934 British Empire Games. He finished 9th at the 1936 Olympics and went on to manage the British Team at the 1948 Olympics.

Charles had a lengthy RAF Career, culminating as an Air Commodore in the position of Director of Intelligence.

#olympics #diving #diver #pilot #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #aviator #history #OlympicHistory #AviationHistory

The opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games today reminds us of our very own Olympian.

Charles Douglas Tomalin OBE, DFC, AFC was completing his pilot training at RAF Montrose in early 1936 when he was called into the British Diving Team at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Whilst at Montrose we wonder exactly where he trained for his springboard and platform diving?

As an accomplished diver, Charles had already gained success in the 1934 British Empire Games. He finished 9th at the 1936 Olympics and went on to manage the British Team at the 1948 Olympics.

Charles had a lengthy RAF Career, culminating as an Air Commodore in the position of Director of Intelligence.

#olympics #diving #diver #pilot #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #aviator #history #OlympicHistory #AviationHistory

Montrose Air Station Museum is aware that local social media has been hot with the news of a potential fly past by the R...
21/07/2021

Montrose Air Station Museum is aware that local social media has been hot with the news of a potential fly past by the RAF Red Arrows today (Wednesday 21 July)

Your team at the Air Station have been working hard over the past couple of months to try and secure a low level fly past by the Red Arrows in an effort to salute the many different worthy causes in Montrose.

Sadly due to last minute unforeseen circumstances and at absolutely no fault of the RAF Aerobatic Team we have not been able to bring this wonderful spectacle to our skies above the Museum and Montrose.

I would like to thank all the team at The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team and I look forward to future opportunities to welcome you to the skies above what was the first fully operational military air station in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile your team at the Montrose Air Station Museum will continue to work hard to bring new and exciting exhibits and displays to your important historic military aviation site.

Onwards and Upwards.

RAF Lossiemouth

#RedArrows #RoyalAirForce #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #aircraft #display

Montrose Air Station Museum is aware that local social media has been hot with the news of a potential fly past by the RAF Red Arrows today (Wednesday 21 July)

Your team at the Air Station have been working hard over the past couple of months to try and secure a low level fly past by the Red Arrows in an effort to salute the many different worthy causes in Montrose.

Sadly due to last minute unforeseen circumstances and at absolutely no fault of the RAF Aerobatic Team we have not been able to bring this wonderful spectacle to our skies above the Museum and Montrose.

I would like to thank all the team at The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team and I look forward to future opportunities to welcome you to the skies above what was the first fully operational military air station in the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile your team at the Montrose Air Station Museum will continue to work hard to bring new and exciting exhibits and displays to your important historic military aviation site.

Onwards and Upwards.

RAF Lossiemouth

#RedArrows #RoyalAirForce #montrose #museum #heritage #aviation #aircraft #display

It was 70 years ago today (20 July 1951) that the Hawker Hunter took its first flight.Come along to see our beautiful Ha...
20/07/2021

It was 70 years ago today (20 July 1951) that the Hawker Hunter took its first flight.

Come along to see our beautiful Hawker Hunter in all its glory.

We're open Friday and Saturday (10-4) and Sunday (12-4)

#HawkerHunter #jet #aircraft #montrose #museum #heritage #MyAngus #VisitAngus #aviation #avgeek #AviationPhoto #AviationDaily

With the continued success of our museum we're looking for more volunteers to help our retail and visitor experience tea...
19/07/2021

With the continued success of our museum we're looking for more volunteers to help our retail and visitor experience teams.

Currently open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we would love to hear from you if you could spare a few hours each week.

In return you'll join a friendly, award winning team that regularly receives wonderful feedback.

No previous experience is required as we will provide you will full training.

Get in touch for more information, we would love to hear from you.😀

Voluntary Action Angus

#volunteer #volunteers #volunteering #museum #montrose #heritage #visitors #customers #retail #shop

With the continued success of our museum we're looking for more volunteers to help our retail and visitor experience teams.

Currently open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we would love to hear from you if you could spare a few hours each week.

In return you'll join a friendly, award winning team that regularly receives wonderful feedback.

No previous experience is required as we will provide you will full training.

Get in touch for more information, we would love to hear from you.😀

Voluntary Action Angus

#volunteer #volunteers #volunteering #museum #montrose #heritage #visitors #customers #retail #shop

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

Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

01674 678222

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Thanks very much for a great visit on saturday. My kids loved it especially my eldest boy seeing the engine parts. I bought one of your model planes and a small car which you can see in the pic. Thanks again.
I wrote an article about my visit to Montrose Air Station last month and it has been published, with lots of photo's, in the members magazine of the Ulster Aviation Society 😊(www.www.ulsteraviationsociety.org)
Superb place. Went there today. Well worth a visit
I had a superb visit on Saturday 22nd May. I'm a member of the Ulster Aviation Society (www.ulsteraviationsociety.org) which is a very similar organisation and I thought Montrose Air Station was fantastic. Excellent and very informative displays, knowledgeable and very friendly volunteers (lets hear it for volunteers!!), a great wee gift shop and an easy place to find. I will definitely be back. And if anyone is visiting Northern Ireland, enquire about a tour of the UAS facility. Tally Ho! :)
I would just like to say a big thank you, to Michael Brewis for his assistance in putting me in touch with Carol Sanders, the lady who had the foresight to put her plan in action for the beautiful poppy wall in the Robertson Building . We down south at the new RAF Hornchurch Heritage Centre https://www.facebook.com/hornchurchaerodrome are planning on having a Remembrance room poppy wall, although on a much smaller scale to that of Montrose, due to the space we have available. I have included a photograph taken back in 2019 when one of our Trustees John Donovan made a visit to the centre and placed a poppy on the board for Wing Commander Brendan Eamonn Fergus Finucane, DSO, DFC & Two Bars, he was known as 'Paddy' Finucane amongst his fellow RAF colleagues. The connection between Hornchurch and Montrose is as an acting Pilot Officer (on probation) Brendan was sent to No.8 Flying Training School at RAF Montrose in 1938, before being posted to No.65 Squadron at RAF Hornchurch on 12th July 1940. We are also lucky enough to have two of Brendan's uniforms that have never been seen together before, as well as his log books and medals, as well as much more from the Finucane family archives which are on permanent loan to us.
Supermarine Spitfire Red Lichtie back in July 2014.
Gloster Meteor T-7 WF825 back in July 2014.
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.
My dad served at RAF Montrose.
⭐⭐⭐⭐Competion Update ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ UPDATE 3 Firstly more great news and huge thank you George , Mick, Vickie and Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel for donating the £250 cash for the charity of the winners choice. I am overwhelmed by your kindness and continued support of our Bonnie Montrose book and chosen Charities since 2014. Thank you and #StaySafe in Embleton #EastCoast ### Update 2 More fantastic News and Thank you Rug Bug Bennys for the £100 voucher. Scott Learmonth and team ### 🥂🍴🍧🥘🌮🍹 You can buy the book from Scott too. ### Update 1 just received wonderful news that the 2 night stay is now being donated by Links Hotel thanks to Anne Stott and the team. You can buy the book from The Links or Park Hotel Montrose ### I am honestly blown away by everyone's response to the competition, and all the love and support from around the 🌍🌎🌏 The Links is closed until March 2021, but the winner can choose to stay at their sister hotel Park Hotel Montrose just across the road from them if required before reopening. Please share and get involved in our wee Competition 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟COMPETITION 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 To say thank you to you all for the love and support of our book Bonnie Montrose by William F McHardy (written in 1899) and our chosen Charities, and for your well wishes due to my recent health, making me cry - I decided a wee competion is in order. The Prize - 2 night stay Links Hotel or Park Hotel Montrose donated by the hotel, thanks Anne ###, £250 cash to be sent to YOUR chosen charity. Donated by Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Embleton. £100 Gift Voucher from Rug Bug Bennys and a wee copy of our book signed by our family x How to enter.... 1 Like our page Bonnie Montrose 2 Buy the book (Bonnie Montrose) in 2020 https://bonniemontrose.co.uk/buy-the-book/ 3 Share the Competion 4 Invite your friends to like our page 5 Follow us on Twitter and Instagram if you can. Probably the easiest competition you will ever enter with all Profits raised still going to British Heart Foundation Cancer Research UK Diabetes UK and a special donation to NHS Lanarkshire nhs.uk after my own recent care in hospital. Thank you and love you all. Bob and Family ### 💙📖📗🌍💰💰💰 www.bonniemontrose.co.uk #BonnieMontrose #morethanjustabook