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Upcoming Events

Hidden Voices
Monday 3rd April to Thursday 6th April, 12-4pm

Community Focus' ARTiculate programme is coming back to the RAF Museum in April, running a four day workshop exploring stories of women and mental health issues in the RAF. To book a place contact ARTiculate Project manager Jojo Hynes on 07948111748 or 

Hidden Voices - A workshop on the history of women in the RAF.


Historic Hendon Workshop Sessions

Thursday 13th April at 11am, Wednesday 26th April at 2pm & Saturday 29th April at 11am

Colindale Calling: The Historic Hendon Project
2018 marks the Centenary of the Royal Air Force and the award-winning RAF Museum will celebrate and commemorate this anniversary through a multi-million pound transformation of our visitor experience, telling the RAF story on site and online. Phase 2b of the Museum’s RAF Centenary Programme, ‘Historic Hendon’, focuses on sharing the historical significance of the Museum’s London site as the London Aerodrome in the early 20th century and later RAF Hendon. Drawing on archive and collection artefacts, the Museum will work with local people to research and develop interpretation and activities that reference the site’s unique airfield heritage.

We want to work with YOU, residents of Colindale and Hendon, to tell the story of the Colindale area and RAF Hendon. We want to know what stories you are interested in, what moves you, what you think tells the story of Hendon – and we want to know how you think we should tell our story to visitors. We are an accessible site and welcome people of all ages, interests, backgrounds and abilities to take part in the project.

Discover and Develop
We will be running interactive workshops at the RAF Museum that unearth fantastic stories, looking at real objects, historic photographs and stories, and thinking about what they tell us about the people who worked and lived in the area over the last 100 years. We will be running workshops at the RAF Museum that think about the stories we’ve discovered together, how people may react to them, and how we can tell these stories through them.

When and Where?
If you want to be involved to help tell the story of your area, we are running sessions in the Community Room at the RAF Museum on:
Thursday 13th April at 11am, Wednesday 26th April at 2pm & Saturday 29th April at 11am

You do not need to register – you can turn up on the day and take part!

Please contact Joe Sullivan, Heritage Outreach Officer:
Phone: 0208 358 4862

Joe Sullivan with a member of the local community

Previous Events

Silver Sunday

Sunday 2nd October - Monday 3rd October 2016

In the first week of October, Barnet Council ran a Silver Sunday week as part of the National Silver Sunday celebration, with organisations all across Barnet joining in. The RAF Museum put on a special series of talks on Monday 3rd October aimed at older groups, with one on Asian RAF Pilots, and one on Historic Hendon. The event was great fun and enabled older Barnet residents to share their memories of RAF Hendon.



Burnt Oak Multicultural Festival


Altogether Better Burnt Oak held their annual parade and festival at Silkstream Park on Saturday 17 September. The RAF Museum attended to support the event with a craft table making foam planes, and handling collection items, giving residents and members of the public the opportunity to try on uniforms and hold historic objects.


A young member of the community wearing our WW2 Handling Collection

A Volunteer helping a girl make a foam plane 

Volunteers helping members of the local community 

A Volunteer at the Crafts Table


Grahame Park Open Air Cinema

We co-organised a new event on the Grahame Park Estate on the evening of the 8 September, an open air screening of The Goonies for local residents. The RAF Museum will be supported the event with our community volunteers, and showed original films from the 1920's of the London-Manchester Air Race and the 1929 RAF Hendon Pageant. 

West Hendon Community Fun Day

Barratts London, in conjunction with Metropolitan Homes, held their annual Fun Day for residents of the West Hendon and Stonegrove estates on the 3rd September from 12noon to 3pm. The Museum attended with a craft table and handling collection, giving residents and members of the public the opportunity to try on uniforms as worn by Second World War RAF Pilots. 

Some of our World War II Handling Collection


Charollet Moriba from Metropolitan Homes 

Members of the Local community visiting our stand.


Volunteers talking to visitors


Urban Gamez 2016

We attended the Grahame Park estate's for the annual Urban Gamez. On the day there was a 60m race track, football, climbing wall, face painting, arts and crafts, music and refreshments and a great atmosphere! We brought photos from the museum collection showing RAF crew playing sport during WWI, showing what RAF staff did on their downtime. 

Display Panels showing historic photographs


display by community stalls


A view of various activities along local community road


panels by running track


Pulse Community Fun Day 2016

On Friday 22nd July we attended at the Pulse Community Fun Day at the Pulse Flats by Colindale station. We had good regular footfall to the RAFM marquee through the afternoon, talking to local residents about the museum collection, volunteering and Names on a Plane.

Saluting children



Trying on RAF a helmet


A couple of young visitors talking to a member of the Museum Team.  



Grahame Park Fun Day 2016

We attended the Grahame Park Fun Day on Saturday 9th July, with six stands including object handling, volunteering, crafts, vehicles, prize giving and Names on a Plane. We had the support of a great team of volunteers, including cadets from 120 ATC, who also brought a table to talk about the opportunities for joining the ATC. A thank you to everyone who helped out with organisation of the event. Taking part in the Fun Day helps give us a bigger presence in Colindale, and gives us a great opportunity to show off our collection and history to residents of the area as well as the variety of opportunities we can offer local people – the day went really well and we had good footfall at all of the stands.