And the winner is…

The 2020 Aviation Heritage Awards are now open for nominations.

The annual Aviation Heritage Awards are intended to identify, recognise and reward those exceptional Organisations, Groups or Individuals who have gone above and beyond to help support and promote the UK aviation heritage sector.

Do you know someone who does their all to support a charity or specific cause? Did the nominee have to overcome a particular obstacle or problem or achieve something especially significant?

This could have been by organising fundraising events, carrying out a restoration project, providing exceptional customer support, inspiring others or just generally raising awareness. You might know about a team of volunteers who have carried out an outstanding restoration project.

It could be almost anything. There are no strict guidelines or criteria for the award because we’d like to hear about those truly remarkable special individuals, groups or even an entire museum who have made an exceptional contribution to aviation heritage.

As this is a dynamic award, nominees should have achieved these things since 1st January 2019.

Our two awards are Individual of the year and Team/Group/Museum of the year.

We are also inviting nominations for our Lifetime Achievement Awards. This is open to any individual who has given many years of dedicated service to aviation heritage

Anyone can nominate and seconders are not required.

It’s easy to make a nomination. Simply send the organisations or individuals name and a short description of their achievement to telling us why you think they merit the award. Don’t forget your email address and telephone number so that we can get back to you for more details if we need to.

The award will be presented at the Annual General meeting in June so the closing date for entries is 20th April 2020.

Bookings open for the first Aviation STEM Conference

Sorry, but due to Corona virus, RAF Halton have cancelled this event.

We will re-schedule when things settle down again. Stay Safe!

Do you want to deliver STEM but not sure where to start?

STEMing The Rot is a one-day conference, part of Aviation Heritage UK’s Stopping the Rot series, and explores how STEM is changing and discusses what tomorrow’s museum staff and volunteers might like to do.

STEM in Aviation is possibly one of the biggest growth areas for us in recent years. The Heritage Lottery Fund and many other funding providers now demand a STEM element in applications

Hear from a diverse range of speakers and have the chance to take part in discussions exploring:

  • different approaches to delivering STEM
  • how Museums and Groups can stay relevant and meet the needs of today’s curriculum
  • sharing STEM ideas and successes – and even a few things that didn’t go so well
  • how STEM fits in with funding applications
  • practical STEM ideas that you can use

This conference is for everyone who cares for STEM and it’s importance to young people from ages 4 to 16. It aims to showcase successes, inspire ways forward with sharing STEM ideas and promoting them to a wide variety of new and established audiences.

Speakers include:

Rosalind Azouzi                Royal Aeronautical Society

Bill McGrath                     Trenchard Museum

Shelley Hancock              STEM Ambassadors

Amy Seadon                     Aerospace Bristol

Katherine McAlpine           Imperial War Museum

Toni Hunter                     The Aviation Experience Company

Susan Raikes                   Science Museum

Mike Odd                         RAF Museum

Virginia Smith                  Brooklands Museum

Dempster Hamilton           RAF Model Flying Association

STEMing The Rot

The Trenchard Museum, RAF Halton, Wendover, Buckinghamshire HP22 5PG

Thursday 19th March 2020

10.30am to 16.30pm

Attendance is Free. Lunch is included.

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Aviation Archive Conference open for bookings

‘To Infinity and Beyond?’

Preserving and Promoting the Records of Britain’s Aerospace and Aviation Industries

12 February 2020

Aerospace Bristol


£10 plus VAT (£12), including lunch

The archives of Britain’s aerospace and aviation industries chronicles stories of design, advances in science and technology, and the business of international and space travel, all with the aim of perfecting man’s dream to master powered flight.

This one-day conference is for everyone who cares for the industry’s paper-based and electronic collections, both large and small. It aims to highlight these records’ importance and inspire ways forward in preserving and promoting them to a wide variety of new and established audiences.

Speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker: Prof. David Egerton, Kings College London and author of “Britain and the Aeroplane”
  • Michael Lombardi, Boeing archivist and historian.
  • Graham Rood on Farnborough Air Sciences Trust’s work to rescue and promote the Royal Aircraft Establishment collections.
  • Amy Seadon on Aerospace Bristol’s projects to engage children with STEM.
  • Ally McConnell on how Gloucester Archives won a large grant to make Dowty’s archives more accessible.
  • Andrew Lewis on working with Brooklands Museum’s volunteers.
  • Howard Mason on the business drivers for maintaining and exploiting the BAE Systems network of archives.

Plus there will be an opportunity to visit the new Aerospace Bristol galleries and archive, and see the National Aerospace Library’s conservation volunteers in action.

The conference will also introduce the Aerospace and Aviation Archives Initiative (AAAI) and its work. The AAAI comprises representatives from organisations, museums and corporate collections and aims to promote the preservation of, and access to, Britain’s records relating to aerospace and aviation. One of its first jobs is find out more about our aerospace and aviation archives collections and delegates are encouraged to take part in this quick survey.

Discussion on the day will encourage delegates to help shape the future work of the AAAI. More information about the AAAI can be found via

The conference has been generously supported by The Royal Aeronautical Society Foundation.

To book, visit: