The Museum ::
Shoreham Aircraft Museum 25th Anniversary Event
Sunday June 2nd 2013 - A few of 'The Few' are planning to visit Shoreham to meet with visitors and to sign personal items. Currently due to attend are Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC*, AFC, Squadron Leader Nigel Rose and Flight Lieutenant Bill Green (+ one other hopefully). Tom will have copies of his excellent new book 'The Silver Spitfire' available to purchase and be personally signed by him. Also available to be personally signed are the superb portraits of Tom Neil and Bill Green by Geoff Nutkins. These portraits can be purchased at the Museum for the special on-the-day only price of £25 each including signature, or £40 for both.
Kindly note that due to the age of the veterans, events are subject to late alteration or cancellation. Generally signing sessions will begin between 10:30 to 11 am, with a break for lunch at approx. 12:30 pm followed by an afternoon signing session finishing at around 3 pm. Entry to events is via the Museum front entrance and is free to Museum members and children (16 and under) and £3 for adults. The fee to have personal items signed will be £10 per item. Thank you.
We are very pleased to announce that also attending the event will be Battle of Britain 'Erk' Joe Roddis, who served as a Fitter servicing the Spitfires of 234 Squadron, including the personal mount of the late great Wing Commander Bob Doe DSO, DFC*. Joe will have copies of his newly launched book 'In Support of The Few' available to purchase about his experiences as one of the vital yet unsung RAF groundcrew.
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.