Collections Department and Research Library

The Collections Department holds important archives of paper and film records. photographs and artefacts relating to flying and especially the Royal Air Force, French Air Force. RAuxAF, RAAF, RNZAF and RCAF Squadrons during WWll. Items include uniforms, log books, squadron photographs, personal as well as aircraft artefacts and many other interesting items from early flying days right up to the present day. The National Air Crew Association Archive and National Air Gunner Association Archives are held at the Museum

There is always a selection of interesting items from the stored Collection on public display, with other areas available for research purposes. The Museum Library holds over 6000 books covering technical, reference and historical aviation subjects for research and reference purposes.

Curatorial staff are happy to assist in any initial research enquiry free of charge. As the department is volunteer lead, it is advised that you call ahead of your visit if you are requiring access to this department.

The Museum also offers a research service for postal enquiries charges at £15. Download the research request form here.

(The department is closed Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends)