RAF Benevolent Fund Christmas Cards – various Aviation Designs, in packs of 10 cards with envelopes £3.95

RAF Benevolent Fund Calendars:-
Guild Of Aviation Artists£9.95
Avro Vulcan XH556£9.95
John Young G.Av. Artist£7.95

Revell Die Cast Models:-

F-14 Tomcat
Tornado ECR
F-16 Fighting falcon
F-16 C
F-14 D Tomcat
Tornado RAF
F-16 ML
Tornado IDS
F-14 A Plus All at £19.99 each

Full range of Corgi Die Cast Models, but sorry no Nimrods left.
New Corgi Catalogue for January-June 2006 now available and orders are being taken. [Note to would be purchasers – The Nimrod was sold out two weeks before delivery so it pays to place your orders early!] ALSO See special offers below.

New Books:-

In These We Served-Poems Of World War II – [Paperback] – A collection of poems compiled by Harry Hargreaves, published by Compaid Graphics. Price £7.50

The Military Airfields of Britain-East Anglia-Norfolk and Suffolk – [Paperback] – History of each airfield including Memorials written by Ken Delve, published by Crowood. Price £16.99

English Electric Canberra – The History & Development of a Classic Jet – [Hardback] – Many photographs. Written by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, published by Pen & Sword. Price £25.00

Lightning Force – [Paperback] – AF Units 1960-1988, a photographic appreciation of the English Electric Lightning by Fred Martin, published by Dalrymple & Verdun. Price £19.95

Shackleton Guardian of the Sea Lanes – [Paperback] – Over 35 specially commissioned accurate side, 4 view and squadron badge illustrations in full colour, many previously unpublished photographs, and full listing of all airframes and their histories. Good for modellers. Written by Richard Franks, published by Dalrymple & Verdun. Price £16.00

Ton-Up Lancs – [Hardback] – A photographic history of the thirty-five RAF Lancasters that each completed one hundred sorties and details of crews, sorties and first hand accounts of raids from 1942-1945. Written by Norman Franks published by Grub Street. Price £22.00



The Museum Shop is preparing for a fresh influx of new Corgi Aviation Die Cast Collectables and is clearing its stock room to make space for the new arrivals!

We have more than 40 different collectables in the 1/144th, 1/72nd and 1/32nd ranges that are available at fantastic savings e.g. 47603 Vickers Viscount Continental Airlines 1/144th R.R.P. – £24.00, SALE PRICE Just £14.50 or AA34009 Consolidated Liberator B.VI 215 Sqn 1/72nd – R.R.P. £99.99, SALE PRICE Just £58.00.

With such fantastic savings they are likely to move fast, so call in very soon if you don’t want to miss out. To receive a full list of items in the sale please send SAE to Newark Air Museum Trading Company, Winthorpe Showground, Newark, NOTTS, NG24 2NY or email [email protected] [19.12.05]


Dear Museum Volunteer,

I am writing to tell you about a new project that has started at your museum. Learn with Museums is a major initiative funded by the DfES and the DCMS. The initiative will enable staff in museums and archives to develop resources for schools, which are tailored to support the National Curriculum. These will include taught sessions in museums and archives, loans boxes for classroom use, supporting materials for teachers and pupils, and the development of an East Midlands museum education website. The website will include information about the region’s museums and their collections, activities for use in the classroom, and will support teachers in planning effective visits.

As part of the Learn with Museums initiative, the East Midlands Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (EMMLAC) is offering a short professional development programme for teachers. Teachers will devise learning packages, both hard copy and online, which are linked to the National Curriculum. There are also additional opportunities for museum staff or volunteers to undertake a reciprocal placement in a school.

We would like to involve volunteers in the project. There are many ways that you could get involved and support the programme. Your museum will require assistance in many areas, not just in working directly with school groups. Some ways that you could get involved are:

o Think of any contacts you may have in local schools. We want to encourage them to participate in the project and use the resources that we develop.

o We may need research assistance. You will know much more about your collections than I do.

o We may require practical skills in making objects to put in a loans / handling box or in designing leaflets and activity sheets. For example for a WW2 Handling box we require hand knitted 100% wool items, such as balaclava’s and fingerless mitts.

o Your museum may require assistance preparing material to send out to schools.

o Helping to set out materials and activities for a school visit.

o Creating a welcoming and attractive education space

o Working directly with groups either at the museum or visiting schools to talk about your museum and its collections.

As well as your museum I will be working with others across Lincolnshire. I can arrange training if volunteers would like this in areas such as working with groups, schools use of museums and using objects. If you do have any questions or suggestions please contact me on the details given below.

I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Ruth Petersen
Museum Education Worker (Lincolnshire)



Just a brief reminder about museum opening hours over the Christmas Holiday period.

The museum closes at 4.00pm on Friday 23rd December and reopens at 10.00am on Tuesday 27th December. Open 27th to 31st December inclusive 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.


Unfortunately the Museum Cafe will be closed from Tuesday 27th December 2005 until Friday 30th December 2005 [inclusive].

Closed again on Sunday 1st January 2006, but re-opens on Monday 2nd January for the new season. Please call 01636 707170 for further details. [19.12.05]

Newark Air Museum Enthusiast Days 2006

Why not buy your nearest and dearest a Christmas Gift with a difference? Let them participate in an Enthusiast Day at Newark Air Museum. Places are only available by pre-booking and the all-inclusive entrance fee is £15 per person.

The first dates have now been fixed for 2006 on Tuesday 10th & 24th January 2006 and Tuesday 14th & 28th February 2006. [N.B. a further date of Tuesday 13th December 2005 is also available]. Additional dates will be confirmed for later in the year.

On each day participants are greeted with a welcome snack before being taken in small escorted groups onto various museum aircraft including: Hastings, Shackleton, Varsity, Vulcan, Canberra & Phantom Simulator.

A special part of the each day is a behind the scenes tour to see “missing airframes” i.e. those undergoing restoration or that are in long-term storage around the site. After the tour, participants are free to wander around the extensive museum site at their leisure. Each Enthusiast Day is limited to just 12 participants,

Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis, depending on the date on which booking forms are received. Possible participants can obtain further details and a Booking Form by sending a large SAE, emailing [email protected] or telephoning 01636 707170. [02.11.05]

METEOR NF12 moves at Newark Air Museum

On Sunday November 13, 2005 one of Newark Air Museum’s National Benchmark aircraft on the National Aviation Heritage Register [NAHR], the recently restored Hunter F1 WT651 made a brief journey out into the warm autumn sunshine as part of the latest aircraft moves on the museum’s Winthorpe Airfield site in Eastern Nottinghamshire.

This temporary move enabled Meteor NF12 WS692, a Significant aircraft on the NAHR to be transferred out of storage in Display Hangar 1 and onto full public display in Display Hangar 2. The Meteor NF12 underwent in-depth restoration during the 1990s and has been stored in a dismantled state ever since. The Meteor’s outer wings will be re-fitted during the coming weeks.

The final move in the complex puzzle will see the Saab Draken make a similar move into Display Hangar 2, which was funded with a grant of £453,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund [HLF]. Placing these airframes on permanent under cover display was a major part of the justification of the grant award from the HLF. The status of the aircraft on the NAHR, which is published by the British Aviation Preservation Council, was a vital factor for the museum’s successful grant application to the HLF. [16.11.05]


Unfortunately the Museum Cafe will be closed from Tuesday 27th December 2005 until Friday 30th December 2005 [inclusive]. 22.12.05


At a recent meeting the Museum Trustees decided to purchase a Scottish Aviation Bulldog for the collection, which will fill another gap in our themed collection of training aircraft.

This Bulldog will cost about £7,000 to purchase and transport to the museum and as with the Gnat acquisition the Trustees have secured a grant towards the cost from the PRISM Fund. However the grant is for a maximum of 50% of the project cost, so we are looking for donations towards the cost of purchasing this small but interesting aircraft.

If you are willing and able to contribute we would ask you to send your donation to the Museum, marked for the attention of the “BULLDOG FUND”, with any cheque or postal order being made payable to Newark Air Museum. We would also ask that you complete a Gift Aid form and return it with any donation, this will enable us to get the Chancellor of the Exchequer to contribute an additional 28 pence for every £1 we raise.

We hope that you will feel the acquisition is worthy of support and we will keep you updated on about delivery via the website

Each donation will be acknowledged on a Contributors Board in front of the aircraft and thanks in anticipation of your support. [23.10.05]


Like many voluntary managed organisations we have been working on the development of a Volunteer Policy. In recent months this work has become linked to the development of an enhanced Health & Safety Policy, especially in relation to aircraft opening, which has given us the chance to review how we manage our volunteers in the important role of Aircraft Opening.

The trustees are aware that on a few occasions during the last few months the situation around aircraft opening may have seemed confused and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. However provisional documentation, including new Risk Assessments and Method Statements is now in place to cover aircraft opening by museum volunteers.

Aircraft Folders are now available in the Museum Shop, which contain copies of the Risk Assessment and a Method Statement for the safe and efficient opening a particular aircraft. The file includes a list of volunteers who have been ‘checked out’ to open the aircraft. The documentation will enable new members to be trained up to an acceptable standard for them to open a particular aircraft and thereby contribute to the development of this important part of the museum’s operation. Everything will be reviewed on a regular basis and we are keen to hear your individual views about how things might be improved.

Special mention must go to all the members of the Aircraft Opening Team who have coped with a degree of uncertainty over recent months, sorry for any inconvenience and thanks for sticking with us.

Now this issue has been resolved we are keen to hear from any new volunteers who might like to join the Aircraft Opening Team, do other work at the museum or who might have an interest in Flight Simulators / Flight Training.

In particular we are looking into developing a greater use of the simulators and various new training aids at the museum, with the aim of providing greater organised / pre-booked ‘hands on’ activities. Do if you fancy a challenge? If you do please leave your name in the Museum Shop, contact a trustee or send us an email to [email protected] [06.11.05]

Check out the Mark Burrell write-up about our first Enthusiast Day on the AirsceneUK website at [09.09.05]