Highlighting the Apprentices
De Havilland’s Aeronautical Technical School is remembered with the creation of a new exhibition about it at the museum. It was originally set up in Stag Lane, Edgware, North London in 1928 and among its apprentices and fee-paying students were the co-founders of Airspeed, which became a subsidiary of de Havilland and designed and built prototypes at the museum site of its famous Horsa troop-carrying glider, used by British airborne troops in the D-Day Invasion and in the Operation Market-Garden bid to secure the River Rhine bridge at Arnhem. One of the Airspeed founders, Neville Shute Norway, was later to drop his surname to become the famous novelist Neville Shute. The new exhibition is in the Foreman’s Office, the sole surviving part of the wartime buildings on the Salisbury Hall site.