RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre Opening
Last month saw Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Peter Ewen, the Chief of Staff Support and Senior Heritage Officer, officially open the Royal Air Force Marham Aviation Heritage Centre, which has developed from a Station History Room to the Aviation Heritage Centre it is today, under the care and direction of Warrant Officer (WO) Steve Roberts.
The event was supported by people from the local community, Royal Air Force Marham personnel and industry partners who have donated time and funds to the project. The Centre will initially be open to visit by appointment only, and on the last Saturday of every month between 9am and 4pm. However, it is hoped that opening hours will increase over the coming months. Appointments to visit the Centre can be made by calling 07717 426961 during office hours.
The aim of the Curator, WO Roberts, is to provide a fitting tribute to all ex and serving members of Royal Air Force Marham. In addition, to create a lasting historical legacy as Royal Air Force Marham is the last remaining operational airbase in Norfolk. WO Roberts said, “I hope that the Aviation Heritage Centre at RAF Marham will be a place which personnel who have served or have connections with RAF Marham and the community, can visit, to learn, experience and relive the Unit’s achievements from its origins, through the present day and into the future.”
Senior Heritage Officer, AVM Ewen, added: “This heritage centre brings to life the great history of Royal Air Force Marham. Today, Royal Air Force Marham is a front line operational Tornado GR 4 base, delivering operational success in Afghanistan, Libya and ready to do so again wherever needed. And, as the Secretary of State for Defence has recently announced, Royal Air Force Marham is the future home of the UK’s stealth Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter – today we celebrate the excellent past, present and future of this great station – Royal Air Force Marham.
Of course, we can do none of this on our own and I pay tribute to the local community and to our industrial partners that have supported this station throughout and will continue to do so in the future.”
In the longer term the Centre aims to create an interactive learning facility by capturing, archiving and referencing every one of the 15,000 plus photographs and historic documents within the current collection, many of them are closely associated with life at Royal Air Force Marham and the surrounding area. Outside a Garden of Remembrance will provide a place to visit and sit in quiet contemplation remembering those who have served.