The RAF Centenary Programme

2018 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to mark the Centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The RAF has shaped the modern world and touched the lives of millions. These achievements demand a fitting legacy.

London Transformation 

Developing our London site into a world-class Museum will connect a global audience with the national celebrations and commemorations planned for 2018.

New exhibitions exploring the first 100 years of the RAF and its future will sit at the heart of our re-landscaped site. An expanded, more diverse audience will enjoy a richer engagement with our site, collections and people-focused interpretation.

The transformation will revitalise the aviation heritage of the local Colindale area during significant redevelopment.

My RAF Story

Through an international digital project, My RAF Story, people will contribute personal stories to enhance our sharing of RAF heritage. These will enrich our exhibitions, placing our audiences at the heart of the RAF Centenary.

Our RAF Centenary ambitions are being delivered over several phases: 
The First World War in the Air:

New exhibitions opened in 2014 on both our London and Cosford sites. Visitors can now discover the vital work of the Servicemen and women on the ground as well as the changing roles of those in the air, as the essential use of 'eyes in the sky' for reconnaissance was complemented by the introduction of new technologies for bombing and fighting above the ground. This phase has been supported by HLF and BAE Systems

The First 100 Years:

We will transform the visitor experience at our London site through a new entrance to the Museum leading to introductory exhibitions showcasing the RAF experience in its first century and discussing the opportunities and challenges for its future.  The project will break down physical and cultural barriers ensuring Access for All – intellectual, social, physical, aesthetic and emotional. 

Historic Hendon:

We will bring back the sense of space and place to the RAF Museum's site in London.  It will echo the former airfield heritage with green landscaping and flexible outdoor facilities.  Play, community, garden and heritage will combine to provide a space for all our visitors to escape, learn and have fun.  

Age of Uncertainty:

A new exhibition will look at the role of the RAF since the Cold War – its challenges and the experience of RAF personnel around the globe in a fast-changing world.  

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