When you’ve experienced our October half term activities, why not find out what life was like in the Royal Air Force by visiting Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) new Historic Duxford exhibition?
This exciting new development tells Duxford’s own story alongside the personal stories of the men and women who worked and served here throughout its time as a busy RAF fighter base.
As you come into the Historic Duxford exhibition, you leave the civilian world behind and enter the Royal Air Force, with all its rules and regulations.
The people who worked at RAF Duxford tell you about their many and varied experiences through sound and film.
You will find out more about the huge range of jobs that had to be done to keep an RAF base running efficiently.
A fascinating scale model of RAF Duxford presents, through projection, sound and evocative smells, a typical day at the airfield, from sunrise through the working day to rest and relaxation in the evening.
There are lots of objects to get hands-on with, including a pilot’s brain which needs filling with all the important information that he must know to be able to fly an aeroplane.
A wide range of interactive activities immerse you in the lives of RAF Duxford’s servicemen and women as you learn how they spent their working day and the skills they needed to do their jobs.
Historic Duxford is housed in our original 1930s Watch Office building.
You will see a recreation of the Duty Pilot’s office as it might have been during the late 1930s.
Period details and interactive elements give the impression that the Duty Pilot has only just left the room.
When you’ve enjoyed the Historic Duxford exhibition, take time to explore the heritage trail which guides you around the historic site.
Eight interactive posts feature audio memories from veterans who worked at RAF Duxford.
Do not forget to pick up a family activity sheet from the exhibition to complete as you follow the trail.
Historic Duxford is located in the Watch Office building to the front of the Air and Sea exhibition.
Next Saturday (October 26) to the following Sunday (November 3) from 11am to 3pm in AirSpace marks the 70th anniversary of the famous Dambusters Raid which was carried out over May 16 and 17 1943 by the specially-formed 617 Squadron ofthe Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command section.
In the shadows of the legendary Avro Lancaster in AirSpace, IWM Duxford’s costumed interpreter will tell the story of the Dambusters Raid, using spoken word, models, paintings and the science of the mission to create
You will find out about the monumental task of the operation, the aircraft and pilots chosen for the job, the invention of the famous ‘bouncing bomb’ weapon, the proposed plan of attack and what actually happened on that fateful night.
See if you would have the skill to hit the dam with our specially-commissioned interactive model.
Try on mini-RAF uniforms and see and hold objects that would have been used by members of Bomber Command during the Second World War.
Use your creativity and imagination to make mini Victoria Crosses and wear them with pride as you honour the men who flew in this daring mission for their country.
IWM Duxford is open from 10am to 4pm during October half term.
Admission*: £17.50 adults; £14.00 concessions (senior, student, unemployed, disabled adult); £12.25 disabled senior/student; children (under 16) free; special rates for groups of ten plus.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (October 24) Echo.