How your support helps

The RAF Museum is the National Museum of the RAF. Our purpose is to share the story of the Royal Air Force – past, present, and future – using the stories of its people and the Museum’s collections to engage and inspire. 

As an independent charity, we need your help to keep these stories alive.

Your support will enable the Museum to continue our work across all of our key programmes, from Access and Learning to Conservation, Collections and Research.


Our learning programmes ignite curiosity and spark interest across science, technology, engineering, history, and maths.

Each year, the Access and Learning team welcome over 60,000 learners, delivering an incredible 1,500 workshops to over 400 different schools.

Your donation allows the team to grow and expand, presenting the possibility to hire additional support and create more Museum job roles. Your support helps the team to develop their programmes, online learning resources, and produce new workshops – ensuring that we continue to engage younger generations and share the RAF Story.


The Michael Beetham Conservation Centre, located at our Cosford site, is responsible for aircraft and large 3-D artefacts in the Museum and those on loan.

A world centre of excellence, its primary function includes care, conservation, and restoration of the National Collection along with the movement or suspension of aircraft or large exhibits.

Your gift supports the Collections Service team, a dedicated group of professional technicians, supported by trained volunteers and apprentices.

The work of the Collections Services team is never done, as conservation and proactive object care is vital to the continued development of our collection. Your generous support helps us to continue to grow as a centre for heritage and conservation, not only to meet the needs of our collection, but to broaden our reach nationally and internationally.

Exhibitions & Collections

It is our duty to share and honour the RAF story through our collections and programming.

By donating to the Museum, you allow us to safeguard and share our unique collection, and story, with the nation.

Donations aid in producing new, relevant exhibitions that respond to current affairs, as well as preserving the incredible stories of our past.


We understand the importance of digitisation in expanding our reach as a Museum and to spread our important stories to a wider audience. Your donation can help us to grow our digital channels, including Collections Online and RAF Stories.

Collections Online

Collections Online is a new digital platform that allows remote audiences to explore the Museum’s wonderfully diverse and nationally important collection. Users can discover themed stories or access detailed records and images of individual items.

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RAF Stories

RAF Stories is a digital archive that was created to record and highlight the incredible stories of the people of the RAF. The channel aims to enrich and expand our understanding of the RAF today through blogs, accounts, and video interviews.

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