The RAF in the Midlands: History and Legacy Workshop

25 April 2024

Location: National Cold War Exhibition Lecture Theatre

Join us on Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, for an exhilarating FREE workshop delving into the rich history of the Royal Air Force in the Midlands. This event is open to all who are passionate about the Royal Air Force, Midlands’ aviation history, family history, and local heritage.

Be captivated by the compelling research presented by our Midlands Bursary Holders, who have explored the profound links between the Midlands, the RAF, and the broader aviation industry.

Welcome to the RAF Museum Midlands c.2027

Then dive into a morning session uncovering fascinating local and regional histories, followed by a chance for you to contribute your ideas on how the RAF Museum can better engage with the Midlands community and enhance accessibility to its collections.

Then conclude the day with enlightening talks from guest speakers and exclusive updates on how our Midlands Development Programme will change our site for Summer 2027. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of our journey in celebrating and preserving the RAF’s Midlands legacy.

Your RAF Museum needs you!

Attendance is free, but registration is required for an enriching experience and complimentary buffet lunch. Book now, places are limited.

Time Topic
09.45am – 10.00am Arrival and welcome refreshments
10.00am – 10.15am Welcome by Dr Megan Kelleher
10.15am – 11.45am Presentations from the Midlands Bursary Holders

10.15am-10.45am: Dr Harry Bennett
10.50am-11.10am: Paul Calder
11.15am-11.30am: Karen Pearson
11.30am-11.45am: Questions

11.45am – 12.00pm Discussion about Future Content

• What would you like to see from the RAF Museum?
• What objects would you like to view on Collections Online?
• How can we better utilise RAF Stories?
• How can we encourage further research?

12.00am – 1.00pm Lunch, including further opportunities meet and chat with our Curators and other attendees
1.00pm – 1.30pm The Midlands Development Programme – what our site will look like in July 2027.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Guest Speakers

1.30pm-1.40pm: Jess Boydon-Jukes, Introducing RAF Stories

1.45pm-2.00pm: Tom Hopkins, Introducing our NEW Hangar 1

2.05pm-2.20pm: Maureen Dickson, Researching underrepresented stories

2.25pm-2.40pm: Dr Jess Pilgrim-Brown and the role of Collaborative Doctoral Award Students at the RAF Museum

2.30pm – 3.00pm Further opportunities for discussion, next steps and closing remarks
The RAF Museum’s Inspiring Everyone: RAF Museum Midlands Development Programme
The RAF Museum’s Inspiring Everyone: RAF Museum Midlands Development Programme has been made possible thanks to a generous investment from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Midlands Bursary Holders form part of this programme and are intended to foster research relevant to the Museum’s local audience in the Midlands which will deepen understanding of the RAF story. The Museum is developing plans further and ground works will commence in 2025.

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