New Hangar Project
THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM IN THE 21st CENTURY PROJECT STARTS
THANKS to money raised by National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of nearly £2 million and funding received from several Trusts and Foundations including The Garfield Weston Trust, The Hobson Charity, The Foyle Foundation, Paul Allen Philanthropies, Barclays Bank and donations from our many supporters, the “de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the 21st Century Project” can now be built. It is a significant investment in Hertfordshire’s aviation heritage and Community facilities.
Official Permission to start from the HLF was given in August and contractors will arrive on site at the beginning of November once the Museum closes for the winter from 5th November until February 2019.
The Project enables the building of a large new hangar at the museum, providing an all-undercover experience for visitors to see a range of historic aircraft designed by the de Havilland Aircraft Company at its Hatfield factory.
Museum chairman Alan Brackley stressed that the museum will be continue to be open to visitors seven days a week during 2019 all the time that building is in progress and the need to continue to raise funding to ensure that the project can be completed so please help by making a donation or purchasing a commemorative plaque.
“Visitors will not be inconvenienced in any way whatsoever,” said Mr. Brackley. “All of our Museum will be accessible for visitors to get close to and into several of our military aircraft and civil airliners.”
A feature of the volunteer-run museum is that visitors can see also restoration work being carried out on some of the aircraft, such as the DH.98 Mosquito and DH.106 Comet.
Mr Brackley added: “Thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery players and the many
other supporters of the museum the new hangar project will not only safely display several important aircraft exhibits inside the new building away from the rigours of the British weather, but it will be able to offer the local community an exciting venue for meetings, conferences, parties, learning and other social events.”
You can make a donation to the Hangar fund by clicking here
you can make a ‘Buy a Plaque’ donation – a special and lasting way to make a donation by buying an engraved brass plaque that will be permanently displayed in our new hangar.
The plaques are available to purchase through the Aero Shop by clicking here.
Please read this PDF for more information – DeHavilland Plaque Information
Or you can consider leaving the Museum a legacy in your will-please click here for further information
Please consider making a contribution to the de Havilland Aircraft Museum Hangar Appeal. It is a worthy cause and with your help will protect our historic aviation heritage for future generations to experience and enjoy.
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum receives no on-going financial support from the government, lottery grants, or any external corporate sources.
The Museum funding comes entirely from ticket sales, ‘Friends of the Museum’ memberships, merchandise sold in the Museum shop and bequests and donations made to the museum by those who believe in what we are trying to do.