Hendon Then and Now

The Hendon airfield and associated sites covered a huge section of the Colindale area. As part of our ongoing Historic Hendon project, we are, and have been, working with partners in the Colindale community to investigate, explore and interpret stories of the airfield from the people who first flew here in the early 1900s, all the way to our newest residents moving in today.

Explore Colindale's History

We offer an interactive talk exploring the exciting and innovative aviation history of Hendon. Learn about the first flights from the fields at Hendon, the creation of the London Aerodrome and Battle of Britain pilots who flew from RAF Hendon. The talk includes include photographic and film material from the Museum’s archive and a chance to share stories and ask questions. The talk can be delivered in person or online, to find out more please email rhiannon.watkinson@rafmuseum.org

Ticket for Flying at Hendon

Make the most of your daily exercise and learn more about the history of Grahame Park and Colindale. Explore some important aviation sites, such as Aeroville and the old Officer's Mess, by using our new guide whilst you're out and about. To view the PDF click here: Explore Colindale

A black and white image of a mock Tudor building that was the old station headquarters and aerodrome hotel


We've created some fun colouring sheets which tell the story of the site that the Museum sits on today. To view the PDF and print at home click here: Hendon Colouring

A line drawing of an aeroplane with a banner reading Hendon Air Display

Visitors can also learn more about our site’s history by sitting on one of two public seats that have embedded into their design imagery and stories of our site as suggested by members of our local community.

Our public seating, telling the story of our Historic Hendon site.