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Royal Air Force Museum to help aviation heritage reach new heights in Lincolnshire

February 25, 2014



The Royal Air Force Museum will sign a memorandum of understanding with Lincolnshire County Council today to help showcase the story of the RAF in Lincolnshire.

Artists' impressions reveal how RAF Scampton might look if turned into a major tourist attraction

The museum is signing a memorandum of understanding with Lincolnshire County Council, offering to share its expertise, archive material and artefacts to better promote aviation heritage in the county. The signing will take place at RAF Hendon today (25 February) at 12noon.

Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development on Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We're extremely grateful to the Royal Air Force Museum for their support.

"Being able to draw on their experience and collections will be of great benefit, particularly as our plans for RAF Scampton develop.

"There are so many iconic stories associated with the base, like those of the Dambusters and the Red Arrows, that a visitor attraction is bound to appeal to people from all over the globe.

"Aviation heritage is already a big pull for the county, with 120,000 people visiting our many existing attractions last year. Scampton would act as a beacon bringing in thousands more.

"Last year, aviation heritage brought at least 4million into the local economy. So this relationship will not only bring a better understanding of the role of the RAF in Lincolnshire, but should also provide a considerable boost to our tourism industry."

Under the agreement, the museum and council will also work together on the creation of a series of national exhibitions, the role of aviation in the First World War, the centenary of the founding of the RAF and ultimately a much larger attraction that will tell many of the stories of aviation in Lincolnshire, such as the Dambusters, the Red Arrows, the Cold War and aviation innovation.

Peter Dye, Director General, Royal Air Force Museum, said: "Lincolnshire is a county steeped in aviation history and with a long association with the Royal Air Force. The Royal Air Force Museum is keen to support initiatives that highlight Great Britain's unique aviation heritage.

"As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War, in which aviation played such an increasingly important part, the museum is determined to ensure that the stories of the many thousands of men and women, at home and abroad, who made air power a reality are also remembered.

"Their achievements led directly to the creation of the world's first independent air force, the Royal Air Force.

"There is much to look forward to over the next few years and we welcome the opportunity to build closer ties with Lincolnshire County Council in our shared efforts to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force and the contribution of aviation to our nation's defence."

For more on aviation heritage in Lincolnshire, please visit www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com or visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk for details of the Royal Air Force Museum. Heritage centre at RAF Scampton

Lincolnshire County Council is currently working with the RAF and other partners on plans for a new heritage centre at RAF Scampton.

Last year, a feasibility study looked at how Scampton could be transformed into a world-class tourist destination, while still remaining a military base.

The proposals include the creation of exhibition centres, a themed hotel, and displays that 'tell the story' of Lincolnshire's aviation heritage.

It's estimated that developing the base into a tourist site would provide a massive boost to the local economy, attracting around 200,000 visitors every year and creating around 100 jobs.

The partners are now discussing in more detail which elements of the plans can be brought to fruition over the next few years. The Royal Air force Museum

Combining the history of the RAF with a free, fun day out, the Royal Air Force Museum is Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation.

With a world-class collection and display of aircraft, integrated with special exhibitions, films, interactives, engines, missiles, simulator rides and more, the museum takes an innovative approach while keeping with tradition. Visit www.rafmuseum.org

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