The RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre will open to visitors for the start of the 2024 season at 0900hrs on Wednesday 10th January 2024.
Also, hey, please keep an eye on our facebook page: MarhamHeritageCentre
The RAF Marham Aviation Heritage team is looking forward to welcoming you back for the new season.
It will still be free to enter and will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday 0900 – 1600, last entry at 1500hrs and the last Saturday of the month 0930 – 1600, last entry 1500hrs. Entry is free as is the parking and also that welcoming cup of tea or coffee.
Donations are always welcome and every penny donated or spent in our memorabilia shop goes directly back into supporting the Centre and what we do.
For your information, The Centre has an extensive collection of displays relating to RAF Marham and the RAF. The displays present the RAF Marham story in pictures, words and objects. We also provide a research facility for members of the public interested in the history of RAF Marham or the RAF in general.
Our research facility is continuing and growing, our researcher Mr Every has answered many research questions and is continuing with a number of investigations regarding friends or relatives of families who have served at RAF Marham or indeed the wider RAF community – please continue to contact Mark or the Curator in the first instance should you require assistance – Please use the contact details on the About Us page.
Other ongoing work has been to improve the visitor experience by updating the displays and by actively improving the archive material, thus making it more accessible in the future – Should anyone have memorabilia or photographs that they would like to share or donate, please contact the Curator.
Future Events at the RAF Marham AHC –
More events are in the planning stages so please check back here regularly or keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates.
Thanks to Runway25 we have released our new pvc Heritage patch. This is a limited run of of just 100. It is available now in the Heritage Centre Memorabilia shop at £12.50. Hopefully it will be a must for any collector or supporter of our Centre alike.
ALL NEW FOR THE NEW SEASON IN 2024
The RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre are proud to be able to bring Virtual Reality to the Centre
1943 Berlin Blitz is a virtual reality application developed by the BBC and the studio Immersive VR Education. Together they have brought back to life a recording made by the well-known War journalist Wynford Vaughn-Thomas and his sound record engineer Reg Pidsley (Below).
The Sound man Reg Pidsley (left) and Wynford Vaughan-Thomas next to F For Freddie.
To enable this recording, they flew on a bombing mission in a Lancaster bomber, EM-F For Freddie from 207 Squadron based at RAF Langar in Nottinghamshire on the night of the 3rd of September 1943, the pilot that night was Squadron Leader Kenneth Letford DSO, DFC. (Below)
The raid that night was to the Big City, Berlin, a feared target by the crews of Bomber Command as the anti-aircraft guns and searchlights which encircled the city were formidable. There was also the added fear of Night fighters which hunted the Bombers in the night skies over Europe.
During the mission Reg Pidsley recorded the comments of Wynford who described what he saw coupled with actual intercom transmissions of the crew as they complete their mission. The recording was broadcast the following evening on the BBC, which allowed many people to understand the commitment of the RAF Crews who were in action night after night over enemy territory.
The authenticity of the original audio recording combined with virtual reality makes the 1943 Berlin Blitz experience, one of the most amazing VR educational historical experiences which brings the past to life with an intensity that was not previously possible.
The raid on the 3rd/4th September 1943 on Berlin was made by a force of 316 Lancasters and 4 Mosquitoes, of that force 22 of the Lancasters were lost. The Mosquitoes were employed that night dropping spoof flares away from the Bomber force to lure away the German Night fighters.
Please speak to a member of staff to take part in this virtual adaptation of a bombing raid over Berlin in WW2.
Due to the theme of the presentation, dealing with trauma and war, there is an age restriction of 13 with parental guidance.
A donation would be appreciated for the Virtual Reality experience which will help to fund other Virtual Reality programmes.
For General enquires or if you wish to get in touch, please contact us via email. See details on the ‘contact us’ page.
**SPECIAL NEWS/OFFERS** –
Please see the Memorabilia Shop page for a special offer on our new Operational History Book. (our special offer has been extended and the awesome hardback book is still available at £10.00)
**NEW – Come and Join the Friends of RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre – see details on how to join us on the Friends of the Centre page.**