Marham Aviation Heritage Centre
The Aviation Heritage Centre at RAF Marham was born out of the old Station History Room, which was set up in the 1980’s as a facility to display various historical artefacts and memorabilia. This facility was within the bounds of the station so was rarely open to the public.
The original Station History Room was located in the old Operations Block on base, but this was closed when Marham became the RAF’s main Tornado base and space was in short supply. Fortunately, some of those involved with the history room boxed everything up and began the search for a new location to display the rich history of the base.
in 2013 a building became available which was outside of the station boundary, it was the old St George’s Roman Catholic church. Led by Steve Roberts the curator, the team put together a convincing case and was granted use of the building. It was then a question of putting the building to good use! and that has certainly been done by the team. The displayed collection and the historic archive currently holds some 12,000 items pertaining to either the history of RAF Marham, the Royal Air Force in East Anglia and also the history of the RAF in general. The collection continues to grow as more artefacts and memorabilia are donated or loaned to us, veterans also share their memories of Marham with us and we have started an audio archive of some of those memories. Every day we are open brings more insights and information!
Location: Close to the main gate of RAF Marham. For parking please use the carpark at the back of the RAF Marham Families shopping complex.
Where are we:
Opening Times: Normally every Tuesday and Wednesday 0900 to 1500; last Saturday of every month 0900 to 1500. But due to the new COVID Lockdown we will now be closed to the public from 1500hrs on Wednesday 4th November 2020 until further notice – we apologise for any inconvenience.
Group Visits: Groups bookings are normally conducted during the Centre opening hours. If you are considering bringing your group to the Centre when we open once more, it is always best to contact us beforehand so we can de-conflict with any other groups who may have booked. Some of the groups we have welcomed into the Centre to date include – Historical Societies and groups, WRVS, The British Legion, Scouts, Air Training Corps, Schools and Academies, Colleges, Squadron Associations, Veteran Groups and those still serving. Included in our Group visit is a 1hr+ guided tour of the Centre led by one of our inhouse guides. There is no charge for a group visit, however a donation to the Centre will enable us to continue with our work and also help us improve the quality of the displays.
Group visits can be arranged outside of normal hours, subject to the availability of the volunteer staff and a guide. Please contact us for further details on visits outside of the scheduled opening times.
Due to the new COVID lockdown group visits to the Centre are suspended until further notice.
Cost: Entry to the Centre is FREE, however donations are always welcome! As a registered UK Charity (Charity Number 1169314), the Centre generates funds through the very popular in house memorabilia shop and through our donations box. Be assured, every penny donated goes towards running costs and the improvement of the displays.
NOTE: There is NO access to the active part of the RAF Marham base area.