About

The Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial is a registered charity (No. 516766). It receives no state or local government aid and is a not-for-profit business.

It is a fully registered museum (No. 66) under the Museum Accreditation scheme established by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (part of the Department of Culture Media & Sport), who operate strict guidelines about how artefacts are conserved and kept as part of our nation’s heritage.

The Museum is a living memorial to all allied air forces personnel particularly those during the Second World War, and especially the tens of thousands of young people who gave their lives in that conflict. We aim to be relevant to present day generations by explaining, in a realistic way, what life was like on a typical wartime bomber station, as well as displaying the history of aviation.

Yorkshire has a particular place in aviation, both historically and present day. From Sir George Cayley, the world renowned Father of Aeronautics, to present day aircraft manufacture. We are justly proud of the region’s heritage, and throughout the site you can explore aspects of design and technology dating from the 1850s right up to the present day.

All of these make the Yorkshire Air Museum an exciting attraction. But it is the reaction of our visitors, who love the ambience and unhurried atmosphere whether it be in our restaurant or shop, our restoration workshops or our displays which make it such an excellent day out.