IWM Duxford American Air Museum receives almost £1 million grant for overhaul

12:10 17 January 2014

Duxford Air Museum

Duxford Air Museum


A grant of £980,000 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help IWM Duxford’s American Air Museum overhaul its displays and galleries.

The museum, which was built at IWM Duxford in 1996, contains the best collection of American military aircraft outside the United States.

Its aircraft tell the story of American air power and the integral relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Conservation work on the aircraft and objects is planned to ensure the collection is kept in good historical condition for future generations to enjoy.

This large-scale conservation project will involve lowering suspended aircraft from the ceiling, taking out the large plate glass wall from the rear of the American Air Museum and removing all aircraft from the building.

A website based around The Freeman Collection, a compilation of about 15,000 prints and slides assembled by East Anglia aviation historian Roger Freeman, will be launched this summer.

The website will link each photograph to the serving group or unit it represents, show where the photograph was taken, the type of aircraft the group operated and give the personal story of the person shown in it.

Diane Lees, director general of Imperial War Museum, said: “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the American Air Museum redevelopment.

“This exciting project will bring to life Anglo-American relations past, present and future, in a way that enthralls and engages. “Whoever we are, wherever we live, this is our story and one that we can work together on for the benefit of future generations.”

Robyn Llewellyn, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the East of England, said: “The American Air Museum has possibly the best collection of US military aircraft outside the USA.

“This project will give IWM Duxford the opportunity to overhaul the displays and galleries and bring many of the fascinating stories of the First World War, Second World War and more recent conflicts to life in new and exciting ways which will give many people the opportunity to get involved.

“We look forward, in particular, to the museum’s interpretation of the Freeman Collection of photographs, many of which have never before been seen by the public.”


Until Monday March 31 – Somewhere in England: Portraits of Americans in Britain 1942-45

May 24-25 – The D-Day Anniversary Air Show

July 12-13 – Flying Legends Air Show

September 13-14 – The Duxford Air Show


More news stories

Cocker spaniel is dumped at a rubbish site. His companion, a terrier called Eva, had to be put down to stop her suffering

A terrier which was one of two dogs dumped at a waste management site in Cambridgeshire was so emaciated she had to be put down, the RSPCA said, after appealing for witnesses to find the person who dumped them.

Poets House Ely

Two hotels – Poets House, Ely, and Paddocks House at Six Mile Bottom- that were placed in administration in July, have gone up for sale.

Mesh used in operations can twist, shrink or degrade. Also paticles can break off during insertion causing chronic pain

Three out of four mesh products used in women’s gynaecology operations will no longer be used in Scotland after new measures were outlined to protect patients.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition