The Museum ::
Sunday 31st July 2016
Fergus Anckorn - the PoW conjurer who survived the Burma Railway
The Museum will be delighted to welcome Far East veteran Fergus Anckorn, who as a former Royal Artillery soldier was taken prisoner by the Japanese and survived the massacre at the Alexandra Hospital. He was later put to work on bridge building over the infamous River Kwai.
At 97 years of age Fergus is a long standing member of the Magic Circle and was recently on TV with a young soldier who won 'Britain's Got Talent' as a magician. Please come along and listen to Fergus recall some of those dreadful moments in his life, but thanks to his magic tricks he survived the worst the Japs could throw at him and in doing so helped many of his fellow captive comrades.
Admission will be via the Museum (£3 entrance fee, but free entry to Museum members and children aged 16 and under). The cost for items signed by Fergus will be £10 per item.
The signing session will commence at 11am, with a lunch break at 1pm to 1-30pm and after this time the signing area will be closed and a question and answer session will then take place.
Kindly note that due to the age of veterans, these arrangements can change at short notice.
Opening Times 2016
The Museum & Tearoom are now open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.) Notices regarding future events will appear here once details become available.
Pilots' Day - Commemorative Print
For those who missed our recent Pilots' Day, we have a number of commemorative prints available, costing just £67.50 + £2.50P&P.
You can order one by calling us on 01959 524416.
Prints are signed by the following:
Fl /Lt David Bowker 150 Sqn, Wellington Pilot
Flt Sgt Ron Dearman, Pilot Dakotas & Ansons
Sid Beaver, Lancaster Pilot & Typhoons
W.O. Sam Brookes, Lancaster wireless operator
F.O Maurice Macey Pilot 41 Sqn & 127 Sq Spitfires
Lt Keith Quilter DSC, pilot Royal Navy Seafires & Corsairs
Bob Woods, Short Stirlings
Sidney Pigden, Typhoon pilot
John Waye, B24 Liberator air gunner
LAC Ronald Evans, ground crew 609 sqn Spitfires/Typhoons
F.O Gerry Abrahams, Pilot 75 Sqn Lancasters
W.O. Neville Croucher, Hurricane Pilot 289 Sqn
"Finest Few" Print
We also have a small number of commemorative prints available from our recent "Finest Few" signing day, priced at £35.00, including P&P. Each print is individually signed by Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC, AE, Squadron Leader Nigel Rose AE. If you would like to purchase a print, please call us on 01959 524416.
Private Museum visits for Groups
If you belong to a group, society, association or club and would like a private visit to the Museum over the summer, please call us on 01959 524416. We can offer bookings for weekday afternoons and evenings.
The Shoreham Aircraft Museum was founded in 1978 by local enthusiasts, whose passion for the Battle of Britain period resulted in the establishment of a permanent display in 1988.
The Museum houses hundreds of aviation relics excavated by the group over many years from crashed British and German aircraft, as well as items which have been kindly donated. In addition, there is a fine collection of flying helmets, uniforms and insignia. This, along with a comprehensive display of Home Front memorabilia, ensures a visit to the museum is both enjoyable and educational.
Artefacts are carefully arranged to support items recovered from local 'digs' or local happenings and displays are refined or changed regularly, making a second visit all the more enjoyable.
The Museum has a charming tea room, serving home-made cakes and refreshments that can be enjoyed in the large teagarden. There is also a gallery displaying a range of prints by renowned aviation artist Geoff Nutkins, one of the Museum's founders.
The Museum serves as a lasting tribute to all those airmen who fought in the skies over southern England during World War II.
All the proceeds are used for recovery and preservation of artefacts. Any remaining funds are donated to the RAF Guinea Pig Club, East Grinstead, a charitable organisation for severely burnt Allied airmen of Word War II, and one with which we are proud to have had a long association.