The RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre is run and managed by a joint Service and Civilian volunteer team.
Here you will meet some of the individuals who make up that team.
Mr Steve Roberts MBE – Curator / Archivist and Guide
Steve has been the Curator of the Heritage Centre since 2009, long before he left the RAF after 38 years service. An ex-Station Warrant Officer, he leads the civilian / veteran volunteer team in conjunction with the RAF Marham military committee to ensure a smooth delivery of accurate historic detail. Steve has since 2016 run his own Battlefield Tour guiding business Empirebattlefieldtours.com and can often be found escorting veterans and families of the fallen on battlefield tours all around Europe.
Flt Lt Ady Hargreaves MBE – OC Heritage
Ady Hargreaves left full time RAF Service in 2019 after 37 years as a Navigator, serving on several Tornado Squadrons at RAF Marham as well as having the honour and privilege of flying with the BBMF for 4 years. Now a reservist Officer, he oversees the military volunteers on the AHC Committee which forms the link to the base. Ady works within Air Safety at Marham, combining part-time service with running his own picture framing business in the local area.
Mr Ken Delve – Historian, Deputy OC, Guide
Ken Delve is an ex-RAF Navigator who served two tours at RAF Marham. He is an aviation historian and a trustee of the RAF Heraldry Trust and also a guide at the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre. After leaving the military, Ken was the editor of Flypast magazine for 9 years. He is the founder of the Aviation Research Centre, which aims to document and share aviation history, especially that of the RAF and its WW2 allies. He is the author of nearly 50 books and many articles.
Mr Mark Every – Lead Researcher
Mark Every has a passion for WWII, having a grandfather who served in Bomber Command during the war. After 27 years service as an Armourer in the RAF, Mark has become our Lead Researcher. The research aspect of what we do at the AHC cannot be understated and Mark has provided detail to authors, biographers, geneologists and families. His ability to research the fallen from all conflicts has gained him a reputation for accuracy and detail. Many relatives of the fallen have been amazed at the detail he can provide on individual Service histories and actions.
Mr Pete ‘Bunny’ Warren – Displays Manager and Guide
Peter (Bunny) Warren, served for 38 years in the RAF as a Weapons Technician. He enlisted in 1972 and served most of his career supporting fast jet operations, predominantly Tornado. He served his last 12 years as a Warrant Officer, three of those at Kinloss and nine at Marham. On leaving the RAF he specialised as an adult education tutor, now semi-retired he volunteers at the Centre utilising his knowledge of military history and war gaming to guide group visits and manage the ever changing displays. In his words ”I’ve done many strange things in many strange places, I used to de-stress by blowing things up, now I volunteer at the Centre”.
Mr Brian Martin – Assistant Archivist and Guide
Brian joined the RAF as a Halton Airframe Tech Apprentice and has the claim to fame that he actually served in Bomber Command before the change of Command Structures. He worked on such aircraft as the Buccaneer, Hunter, Tornado and Victor K1 and K2 aircraft. He was a Crew Chief on 55 Sqn and was awarded the Command Colours for Cycling and Equitation. On leaving the military, he worked in the Offshore, Rail and Water Industries. He brings a wealth of experience to the team and is currently helping to digitally capture some of the many photographs and documents in the archive.
Mr Steve Parker – Centre Guide
Steve Parker joined the RAF in 1966 and served at a number of airfields including Topcliffe, St Mawgan, Muharraq, Kinloss, Laarbruch, Finningley, Wyton and Marham. He worked on aircraft such as the Shackleton, Hunter, Nimrod, Buccaneer, Dominie, Canberra and Victor. He served at RAF Marham as a Victor Crew Chief on 55 Squadron for 5 years 1980 – 85. Leaving the military after 23 years he went on to work as the Head of Aircraft Engineering for the British Antarctic Survey for a further 19 years. He has always had an interest in Military Aviation and now volunteers as a guide at the Centre.
Mr Richard Rix – Handyman / Gardener and Guide
Richard Rix was an Armourer who was based at RAF Marham in the early 1960’s. During that time he worked on the Valiant Aircraft. He also served abroad in Aden working on Hunter aircraft. Richard acts as a guide and also looks after our memorial garden. A skilled DIY enthusiast he can turn his hand to most things and has made some excellent displays for the Centre.
Mr Ian Bridge – Photography and Imagery member – Trainee Guide
Ian served with the RAF Regiment Reserve Squadron 2620 in the 1990s at RAF Marham and now works for Serco and Rolls Royce on the Unit. His passion for photography has enabled him to help the Centre to maximise on the digital imagery footprint. An avid plane spotter his main interests are the RAF in WWI and WW2.
Miss Emma Cook – Assistant Researcher
Emma came to the AHC Team from a retail background. She has a passion for all things aviation related and is an avid plane spotter, she joined the team in the research role. Within that role she works with the Lead Researcher to provide the background to many of the investigations we carry out. Her particular areas of interest are WW1 and WW2 as she had family serving in both conflicts.
C/T ‘Swanny’ Swanson – AHC reserve / refurbishment aircraft manager
Still serving, C/T Swanson manages the Centre bulk storage and workshop facility within the base, where ongoing work on cockpit sections of aircraft which belong to the Centre or are on loan to the Centre continues. These cockpit sections we hope to be able to display sometime in the future. (there is no access to these items currently to the public).