Over the weekend of 19th/20th July 2008, the Museum spread its wings and participated in the Dartford Show to help raise awareness of the work the Museum does to remember and honour the exploits of air combatants over Kent during the Second World War.
Museum volunteers manned a stall crammed with various exhibits and relics along with display boards giving information about the Museum and the Pilot Memorials Project. An impressive large 1/4 scale radio-controlled Spitfire model was kindly loaned by TJD Models [Sutton-at-Hone] for the stall that proved a great conversation piece with visitors, who also showed much interest in the varied range of displays.
Visitors also tried their luck at the Museum tombola that offered many tempting prize goodies, which by the end of Saturday had all been snapped up. The tombola and generous coin donations raised a good sum of money that will go towards the pilot memorials fund-raising pot.
The efforts of the volunteer staff was rewarded when the Mayoress chose the stall to receive 1st Prize in the ‘Best in Show’ competition for its range of displays and the Memorials Project, and presented a shield that is to be engraved with the name of the Museum.
Participation in local events is proving a very worthwhile exercise for the Museum, not least to highlight the good and interesting work it carries out and to encourage people to visit the ‘best kept secret in the Darent Valley’!