Very knowledgable tour guides are on tap to tell you about things. There are fancy dress boxes for the kids and even a flight simulator for visitors to try their hand at being a pilot.
Croydon Airport Society (CAS) has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for an exciting project 'Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport'.
CAS has been awarded £10,000 to recruit and train volunteers to meet growing demand at the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, help keep it open and research the Society's extensive archives, making them more accessible through new displays and an online platform.
The Society is looking for volunteers to join the CAVC team and make the collection more accessible. There are a range of opportunities which will shortly be advertised. Full training will be provided on welcoming visitors, giving talks, the history of the airport and working with the archives at meetings to be held in early evenings or at weekends from May to July. If you haven't quite got the time to get directly involved but would still like to contribute, the Society would also like to hear your stories and memories of the Croydon Airport and its impact on the local area so please get in touch.
Commenting on the award, CAS Chair Ian Walker said: ”We are delighted to have been selected by the Heritage Lottery Fund to receive funding under their Sharing Heritage programme. This is a really exciting project and it’s the first time that the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre has received any form of funding. It’s a great initiative, giving the local community a unique opportunity to get involved with a fantastic part of our national heritage. We are seeing more and more people visit every year and this HLF Sharing Heritage funding will give us the opportunity to exhibit unseen works and meet growing public demand.”
Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Croydon Airport holds a wealth of information relating to our nation’s aviation heritage. This project will not only improve the conservation and accessibility of the archives, but also offers some fantastic opportunities for volunteers, the local community and visitors. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re pleased to play a funding role.”
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