The Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum (CAHM) turns 25 today (Thursday).
The museum, in North Rauceby, first opened its doors on Monday, June 8, 1992 as a visitor attraction detailing the fascinating history of RAF Cranwell to the present day.
Following the success of a small airfield trail and the district’s strong links with aviation, it seemed a natural step to create a visitor centre to tell the story of RAF Cranwell; the home of the first military air academy in the world.
Since then the centre has gone from strength to strength and is now a fully accredited museum with a passionate team of staff and volunteers.
Over the years the centre has grown to include new interactives, a flight simulator and has recently introduced a changing programme of fascinating exhibitions.
Heritage assistant Angela Riley has worked at the museum for seven years and says you learn something new every day.
She said: “I have worked at CAHM for a while now and I think that I can say that every day is an education. I meet so many friendly, interesting and knowledgeable people that it makes my job an absolute joy.”
Volunteers have been vitally important to the running of the museum and over the years it has seen some incredible support.
Eric Horner has volunteered at the museum for a number of years and enjoys every aspect of his role.
He said: “I have volunteered at CAHM for some years now, and am constantly surprised by the range of visitors we receive, from knowledgeable aviation enthusiasts to children who enjoy the interaction. I continue to learn so much from all our visitors while I show them around the site.”
To mark the 25-year mileston, Saturday will be a day of celebration, complete with birthday cake and a toast.
For more details, call the museum on 01529 488490 or visit www.cranwellaviation.co.uk