Aviation Heritage

This year will see Lincolnshire commemorating its aviation history and heritage as 2018 is the year which marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.  There will be events and exhibitions throughout the county including a small exhibit in our own little museum at the Manor House Stables commemorating some of our own local heroes and heroines during both the First and Second World Wars. This page will be updated on a regular basis so you can see what will be happening in Lincolnshire during your stay.


1st April 2018 to 30th September 2018 – Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, near Sleaford will be hosting an exhibition commemorating the RAF air crews who were decorated for their bravery entitled Gallantry in the Air. There are other exhibits too – “Discover the history of RAF Cranwell/RAF College Cranwell through artefacts, story boards, displays and exhibits. Try your hand on our interactive exhibits including a flight simulator where you can attempt to land a Jet Provost on the runway at RAF Cranwell before your fuel runs out!”

5th April 2018 to 31st August 2018 – RAF Scampton near Lincoln is famous for the role it played during the Second World War when it was home to the 617 Squadron – the Dambusters.  More recently it has been the home to the Red Arrows which display throughout the country, but for this spring and summer you can visit an exhibition entitled Bastion in the Air which is to commemorate the 100 years of the RAF. A First World War Royal Flying Corps Airfield has been re-created in the historic Dambusters’ Hangar and you will be able to see artefacts and aircraft and even be able to watch the building of a replica British Sopwith Camel Aircraft during the course of the exhibition.  Although the exhibition is predominantly about the role that aviation played in the First World War, there are many other attractions to see while you are visiting.  For example, as part of the Heritage Tour, it is still possible to visit Guy Gibson’s office just as it was in 1943.  This is a working RAF base so there is security to consider.  Entry is free but visitors must book in advance. and complete an online application form and approval following security checks – see their website for more detail.

12th April 2018 – the International Bomber Command Centre will officially be opened on this date.  The Centre will then be open from 9.30 to 5.00 six days a week (closed on Mondays and last entry at 4pm).  A total of 125,000 aircrew served during the Second World War and a large number were never to return.  The Centre commemorates all those who lost their lives whilst serving or supporting Bomber Command during WWII and their names, nearly 58,000 of them, are inscribed on the Walls of Names which surround the Memorial Spire.  The men came from 62 nations with an average age of just 23.  From the Spire you can look across to Lincoln Cathedral which served as a landmark for crews leaving from or returning to Lincolnshire. For many of the men the Cathedral provided their very last sight of Britain.

23rd April 2018 – 8th September 2018 –  New Exhibition at the Manor House Stables in Martin. Lincolnshire has always been an important county for the RAF and it played a key role throughout both World Wars. To help commemorate the centenary of the RAF we are housing an exhibition in our little museum from the 23rd of April (St George’s Day) through to September called Local Heroes and Heroines in the two World Wars.  We have been researching stories of local heroes who served in the RAF, but we have also looked at the women who worked on the land and those who cared for the sick and wounded. Their tales will be told along with artefacts to bring the stories to life.

5th May to September – Walking and Cycling trails have been set up across Lincoln city centre and the Greater Lincoln area. Called 100 Voices it is a collection of historical stories from around Lincolnshire commemorating the RAF.  Each ‘Voice’ is presented on a wing and are placed on trails similar to the Knights and Barons of previous years.

26th May 2018 – 9th September 2018The Collection in Lincoln will be hosting its own Bastion in the Air Exhibition looking at the development of aviation and defence in the First World War and the part Lincoln played in it.  Amongst many artefacts will be a large model of a Zeppelin!









It’s everywhere! Lincolnshire isn’t called Bomber County for nothing! Here’s a list to start with;

  • Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre – just up the road less than a mile
  • Dambuster Memorial – Woodhall Spa
  • Petwood Hotel – Woodhall Spa
  • Thorpe Camp, Tattershall Thorpe. Informative displays about the base’s role in the 2nd World War.
  • Scopwick Commonwealth War Graves cemetery has many airman buried there including 21 year old Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, remembered for his poignant poem ‘High Flight’
  • RAF Digby Camp – small Operations Room museum.
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre at Coningsby – where the Lancaster hangs out. Book a tour – it’s really worth it!  Also home to Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Dakota.
  • RAF Cranwell – a training base existing since the 1st World War. Now training Officers including our young Prince William. Small museum nearby with an exhibition relating to the history of the airfield and college.
  • Scampton – the home of the Red Arrows – if you’re lucky you’ll see them practicing their air displays over Lincoln. The new home for the Air Show which used to be held at Waddington.
  • The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby. Amazing place.  A restored control tower and loads of exhibits and information.  ‘Just Jane’ is the Lancaster there and you can book a ride on it taxying around the airfield.
  • The International Bomber Command centre just outside Lincoln on Canick Hill.  It consists of a spire, walls and centre that mark the sacrifice of World War II aircrew that lost their lives whilst serving with Bomber Command.  The view through the memorial spire leads directly to Lincoln Cathedral, reflecting the view that let those of Bomber Command know they were almost home from their missions…or provided their last view of home.
  • Newark Air Museum –
  • There are also many other memorials around Lincolnshire including those specifically for the RFC and RAF.

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