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RAF Museum Conference Tickets Available Now

Published on: 27 July 2023

Progress, Regress, and Change: Air forces since the early 20th Century

05 – 06 September 2023

Hosted at the Royal Air Force Museum, London, this two-day conference will explore the complex ways in which air forces have been transformed since the early 20th Century. This conference will be interdisciplinary and will host scholars working on topics that relate to air forces, their personnel and technologies, the economies and societies with which they interact, the conflicts in which they have engaged, and the global and international context with which they are connected.

The cost of attending the conference in-person for both days is £60.00. This cost covers registration, refreshments and lunch for both days. The RAF Museum is making up to a third of the conference tickets available at a concession price of £40.00. Concession tickets are intended for students, retired delegates, and those who define themselves as being on a clearly limited budget. Tickets are available now 

The research presented will offer new evidence and insights on the development of air forces, speaking to change or lack-thereof. In doing so, this research offers to contribute to and bolster the emerging scholarship on air power.

The panels hosted in this year’s programme will include the latest research on a range of topics including: Air Power for Political Effect? The Deployment of the Royal Australian Air Force to Vietnam, 1962-1967; Gujranwala: Colonial Violence through Air Power; Be an Air-Wac: Gendering the US Army Air Force in the Second World War; and Drone Revolution in Military Air Power: African Experiences and Perspectives. The conference will feature papers on the development of Royal Flying Corps training, air forces in the interwar Mediterranean, Britain’s air defence during the Battle of Britain, female fast jet pilots, strategic bombing in the First Gulf War, and Cold War defence policy. The conference will conclude with a panel which considers contemporary applications of air power in Iraq, Africa and Ukraine.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Patrick Major, Professor of Modern History at the University of Reading. Professor Major’s keynote will be titled “History from Above/History from Below: How Strategic Bombing Remapped the SS Police State, 1942-45”.


The Conference will take place at the RAF Museum’s London site on Tuesday-Wednesday 5-6 September 2023. Registration will open from 9:00 am on 5 September. The Conference will centre around the Art Gallery and Lecture Theatre at the entrance of Hangars 3,4,5*. The conference is scheduled to run from 9.00am to 5:30pm on Tuesday, and 9.00am to 5:20pm on Wednesday.

*The Conference will kick off before the Museum’s standard opening time. As such, we would ask attendees to enter via the low gate which connects the main car park to the outdoor space in-front of Hangars 3,4,5.


The cost of attending the Conference for both days is £60.00. A limited number of concession tickets are available at £40.00*. Booking is quick and easy:

*Concession tickets are intended for students, retired delegates, and those who define themselves as being on a clearly limited budget.


The programme for the Conference is available to download here (RAF-M-Programme-2023-250723). Please note that changes in circumstances may require the programme to be altered.


The Conference will also be available to watch remotely via the Museum’s Crowdcast Channel.

To access the Conference, you may need to check your internet browser is compatible. It is currently reported that Google Chrome provides the best experience for using Crowdcast.

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