His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex today attended the opening ceremony of the RAF Museum London as part of the centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force.
After arriving in a 32 Sqn RAF helicopter, His Royal Highness met members of museum staff, volunteers and partners who worked on and supported the transformation. Other VIPs at the ceremony included Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (RAF Chief of Air Staff), HE Mr Khaled Al-Duwaisan (Ambassador of Kuwait) and Viscount Trenchard (grandson of the founding father of the RAF).
Maggie Appleton, RAF Museum CEO said ‘It was a pleasure and an honour to have The Earl of Wessex open our transformed London site in the RAF’s Centenary year. Our new exhibitions not only explore the Royal Air Force’s extraordinary history and people, but also give visitors the opportunity to look ahead into the cutting-edge future of the service. It is a celebration of the RAF’s breadth and diversity – and we look forward to welcoming visitors from London and beyond to experience it with us.’
We’ll have more on the opening of the revamped Hendon attraction in a future issue, but the free-to-enter museum includes:
- The Duke of Cambridge’s Sea King helicopter, from his days as a pilot in RAF Valley
- Three new innovative galleries which explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its roles today and invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology
- A new open, grassed landscape reflecting the heritage of the site as The London Aerodrome and RAF Hendon
- A new themed outdoor play area for under 11’s
- A new restaurant, Claude’s.
The museum will open with a celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30 June, which includes an outdoor concert, craft activities, talks, tours, storytelling and more activities for all the family. www.rafmuseum.org
All images via RAF Museum.