The RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum CIO

Building for the future to learn from the past

We are planning to develop the Museum with a new building that will incorporate a new learning space (classroom) for school visits. This will enable the Museum to more effectively engage with the younger generation and local community groups
raised of £100,000 target
by 55 supporters
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We are planning an extension to the museum building to replace the portacabin with a larger permanent building. This new building will include an education space (classroom), so that we can better accommodate the needs of local schools when they visit us and also benefit local community groups.

We anticipate our building project will cost somewhere in the region of £100,000. Whilst it is an ambitious project, we feel we have a duty to develop the concept of an education space to further our community engagement, the education of the general public and to remain a focal point for remembrance and reconciliation in years to come.

We would be grateful for any financial assistance that could be provided for our project in the form of a charitable donation.

The Museum was founded in 1981 by the Royal Air Force to house The Manston Spitfire which had served as the station gate-guardian aircraft since 1955. The building was funded by donations from the local community. In 1988 a further gallery building was erected to house our Hawker Hurricane IIC. Since then, our administration and storage facilities have been housed in a portacabin that was provided by the Royal Air Force.

The Museum is staffed almost entirely by volunteers from all walks of life. They staff the gift shop, look after the Memorial Garden and grounds, maintain the collection and displays, and instruct on our Spitfire simulator. All funds to run and maintain the Museum are raised by donations, purchases from our gift shop, and by customers who fly our Spitfire simulator.

Since 2018 The Manston Spitfire Experience Spitfire simulator in the Spitfire Hall has proved successful in terms of fundraising and providing a way for the museum to meaningfully engage with visitors including the Air Training Corps and local Scout Groups. However, the space occupied by the Simulator previously facilitated school visits and these have therefore become difficult to accommodate since the introduction of the simulator.

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About the charity

We are a charitable accredited Museum offering free admission to a unique site housing a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and a Hawker Hurricane IIC. We also house a large collection of objects which tell the story of the Royal Air Force at war and life on the Home Front to promote reconcilliation.

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