The RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project was established in 2005 to commemorate the distinguished history of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force at Bircham Newton between the years 1918 -1962. A Heritage Centre was established to preserve the memories of the vital role the station played over its long history and to erect permanent memorials to those who had served at the station and its main satellite (RAF Docking).
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has occupied the site since 1964 and has been the generous host of the museum since its opening. Based on further development of the project and the need for expansion of displays, a third museum room was made available in 2013.
If you are interested in RFC and RAF archive material – memorabilia, aircraft models, photos, maps, medals, uniforms, first-hand accounts of the ‘Bircham Newton experience’ and many other displays – you would be very welcome to visit the Centre.
The Heritage Centre (located in the old Commanding Officer’s residence) has a very relaxed atmosphere and is within easy walking distance of the Birches. It is disabled access friendly and has a large car park, plus entry and parking are free!
Schedule of Heritage Centre openings for 2018:
The 2018 season began on Easter Sunday, the 1st of April, and will proceed in accordance with the following schedule:
- Easter: Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April
- Early May Bank Holiday Weekend: Sunday 6th & Monday 7th May
- Veterans’ Day: Saturday 19th May
- Spring Bank Holiday Weekend: Sunday 27th & Monday 28th May
- Last Sunday in June: 24th June
- Last Sunday in July: 29th July
- Summer Bank Holiday Weekend: Sunday 26th & Monday 27th August
- Last Sunday in September: 30th September
The Centre will usually be open from 10am until 4pm, except for the Veteran’s Day (Saturday 19th May) when it will be open from 1pm.