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New Hangar Project



THANKS to money raised by National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of nearly £2 million to the “de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the 21st Century Project”, a significant investment in Hertfordshire’s aviation heritage.

We applied for the grant three years ago to enable us to build a large new hangar to provide  covered space for our exhibits and a range of community and education facilities.

After learning of the National Lottery funding decision, the museum chairman Alan Brackley said:

“The Trustees of the museum are delighted that the HLF has awarded them £1.9 million to build the new hangar.

“Thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery players the project will not only safely display several important aircraft exhibits inside the new building away from the rigours of the British weather, including the DH Comet 1a, the world’s first passenger jet airliner, and DH Sea Vixen, but it will be able to offer the local community an exciting venue for meetings, conferences, parties, learning and other social events.”

The National Lottery funding will enable the museum to move on to the next phase of its development programme and construction work on the new hangar is expected to begin in July and completed in 2019.

“The Museum needs to fund-raise a further £250,000, before we get the National Lottery’s permission to start the building works,” added Mr Brackley, “so all support and donations are very welcome.

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


DHAM New Hangar Visualisation 1

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.

DHAM New Hangar Internal Vis