Donate an Artefact to the Centenary Appeal

The Museum's Centenary Programme Logo2018 marks the Centenary of the Royal Air Force.

We will celebrate and commemorate this anniversary through a major transformation of our visitor experience sharing the RAF story on site and online. New, innovative galleries will explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its roles today and invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology. A new digital sharing project will promote a conversation with a global audience and help connect people to the RAF story.   

For the past two years the Museum’s curators, have been researching our world-class collections to select stories and objects that will best enable our visitors to engage with the story of the Royal Air Force. As a result, gaps in our collections have been identified and we are calling upon current and ex-Service personnel, who served in the RAF from 1970 to 2015, their families and members of the public to assist us in filling them.

An artist's impression of one of the sections of our new 'First 100 Years of the RAF Exhibition'


If you served with the RAF during this time, and particularly in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, the First or Second Gulf Wars, Libya, Afghanistan or on any humanitarian mission since the 1970s, we would love to hear from you. 

We are focusing on collecting personal papers, photographs, recent campaign medals from RAF sources, and any operational kit or clothing which can be linked to specific operations or stories – particularly any ‘Black Bags’ received from Operation HERRICK or TELIC.

An artist's impression of the entrance to the First 100 Years of the RAF exhibition

Other items that we would be particularly interested in receiving are: 

  • Official papers (maps, station information booklets or digital versions, paperwork, photographs)
  • Film/DVD
  • Flying clothing – anything will be considered – Herrick or Telic items particularly welcome
  • Mess room/hangar signage
  • Unit patches worn on flying suits
  • Items with a particular story – personal items which helped someone get through a tour or an item which would be instantly recognisable by someone serving at that time
  • From people in all roles not just pilots and aircrew
  • Including individuals who have interacted with the RAF – contractors, soldiers flown by the RAF, casualties flown, UK Search and Rescue work; rehabilitation
  • Stories from people of diverse backgrounds - particularly welcome

We would also welcome contact from volunteers who would be happy to be interviewed about their RAF experiences.

If you are able to assist us, please email us in the first instance at: collections.donations@rafmuseum.org

This will enable us to arrange for a member of our curatorial team to contact you. Alternatively, please complete our Donate An Artefact Form.