Plan your day, see when the RAF Museum Cosford is open. Contact us on 01902 376 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find us and travel to the RAF Museum Cosford by car, train, bus or bike.
Enjoy lunch in the Refuel Restaurant with views overlooking the airfield. The Citroen Van in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
A car parking charge Is payable
See what events are scheduled at Cosford
Find out the latest news and updates for our Cosford site
Plan a day, see the opening hours & closure dates for RAF Museum London. Contact us on 020 8205 2266 or email@example.com
How to find us and travel to the RAF Museum London by car, train, bus or bike.
When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit the Wessex Café in Historic Hangars? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone one from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
See what events are planned at our London site
Read the latest news from our London Museum
Lancaster Membership has been designed for people that wish to support the Museum from afar
Lightning Membership has been designed for people that wish to visit the Museum regularly
RADAR Magazine is a thrice yearly publication of the RAF Museum, bringing you access behind-the-scene
Two of our Trustees set out on an epic walk-a-thon in aid of the RAF Museum Centenary Programme.
Join the RAF Museum as a volunteer and create a unique experience for yourself and our visitors. Bring your enthusiasm, knowledge and skills or try something new.
Without you assistance we would not be able to care for our collections, read our varied audiences or share our objects with a world wide audience.
If you have any questions about supporting the RAF Museum, here you can find out how to contact our Fundraising Department.
The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation ensures that the shared aviation heritage of the USA and the UK is kept alive in the memories of our two great nations.
The arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury on 21 June 1948 symbolises the beginning of large-scale Caribbean immigration to Britain. It is forgotten, however, that roughly one third of the Empire Windrush’s 492 passengers were RAF airmen returning from leave or veterans re-joining the Service. Baron Baker, a former RAF Policeman from Jamaica, greeted the ship and organised temporary accommodation for the newcomers. He remembered that:
“Many of those on the Windrush were ex-servicemen, and there was an immediate understanding between us. There was a greater feeling of togetherness among that generation of us than I have seen in any group I have come across.”
'Image Courtesy of Press Association Archive'
While the Black airmen were fortunate to be returning to a Service that valued their skills and treated them with respect, their civilian counterparts faced a cold and often hostile reception. Discrimination in housing and employment, coupled with routine verbal and physical abuse, was endured by many Black people living in the poorest parts of Britain’s cities.
Returning to civilian life in the 1950s, the veterans set to work as ‘pathfinders’ for the Black community. Sam King MBE, who also came back to the RAF on the Windrush, helped establish the ‘partner’ scheme in South London to help Black families buy their own houses. He later became the first Black Mayor of Southwark. Reflecting on the value of his air force career, Sam King says:
“The RAF taught me two things: the importance of discipline and the importance of honesty.”
In 1958, Baron Baker found West Indians in Notting Hill, West London, being terrorised by racist gangs. Using his RAF Police training, Baker organised an effective ‘neighbourhood watch’ employing Black veterans.
British-born Paul Stephenson OBE, who was an airman from 1953 to 1960, states:
"Those seven years I spent in the RAF were to change my life."
In 1963, Stephenson skilfully organised a peaceful boycott which broke the Bristol Omnibus Company’s ‘colour bar’ and opened the way for Black bus crews. Another volunteer was Jamaican Val McCalla, who left the RAF in the mid-1960s with book-keeping and administrative skills. He put these to good use in 1982 when establishing The Voice, the aptly named Black newspaper famous for its forthright campaigning style.
There are many other stories, and it is clear that the foundations of Britain’s Black community were laid in part by RAF veterans.
Learn about aviation pioneers at our London site
The Royal Air Force Museum London offers a fun, enthralling...
For all the latest news and events
Bringing the amazing stories of the RAF Museum's historic...
A world class collection for our visitors to enjoy
Plan your next visit to Cosford
For group bookings (10 or more persons) or to book...
In addition to our world renowned collection of aircraft,...
We look forward to welcoming your group visit to Cosford.
Learn the story of Cold War personalities at Cosford
Great aviation gift ideas for all the family
Jam packed full of aviation gifts galore
Hold your next event at a unique venue!
And into the archives with our latest blog posts
Fascinating workshops to inspire the next generation
Discover the RAF’s unique story
Whether you are looking for a business meeting for...