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Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Daily Except Mondays)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Ramsgate
Kent CT12 5DF
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Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

  1. Important Information regarding Our Simulator

    Thank you for expressing an interest in our simulator.

    As you can no doubt imagine, we’re receiving extremely large volume of queries regarding the simulator so we apologise in advance if the information here seems basic.

    I can however confirm that the following information is up to date.

    The Simulator:
    – Booking is required and will be available as of April 1st, 2018 (currently under development).
    – Booking will made online or in rare cases via the phone.
    – Gift Vouchers will be available from the shop in April (the museum does NOT have an online shop at this time).
    – The Cost of the experience is £30 for 30 minutes per person (group rates and under 16’s prices are still being discussed).
    – The minimum age range for the Experience is 12 y.o. Parents can bring younger children (though the museum cannot guarantee a good experience for under 14s)
    – There is no maximum age range as such. But please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility are required to get in and out of the cockpit.
    – The simulator is an accurate 1/1 scale replica of a spitfire cockpit as such the max internal dimensions are: 800 mm widest (600mm at the shoulders) and 1000 mm highest.
    – The simulator has a weight restriction of 120 kg.

    I hope this is of some help and I would advise checking this page for regular updates.

    Thank you and wishing you a very pleasant day.

  2. Simulator Installed and Functioning!

    Dear Visitors,

    As you may have noticed from the excellent Isle of Thanet News, the Spitfire Museum now has a functioning Spitfire Simulator!

    As of April, visitors will be able to book flights in the museum’s simulator which conveniently sits right next to TB752 (the Manston Spitfire), in case reference is needed :).

    Why the long wait I hear you ask? Well, in order to ensure the best possible experience for our visitors we want to make sure that our instructors are fully trained up on the simulator, that any teething issues are dealt with and that we have a robust and reliable booking system.

    Keep an eye on this website and the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ManstonSpitfireExperience/ for updates and news.

    Best,

    The Spitfire Museum

     

  3. Ken Wills In Memoriam

    It is with great sadness that the Spitfire Museum has to inform our visitors and stakeholders that our Museum President Kenneth Edward Wills passed away on the morning of October 19th after a long battle with cancer.

    Ken was instrumental in helping our Museum in several ways, not least of which was securing the Museum freehold thus enabling us to take control of our Museum’s future. Though he was only with us for a short time, he certainly made a big impression and a significant difference to what we do here.

    Ken was also a very successful, self-made, Thanet based businessman employing thousands of people, who will no doubt miss him greatly.

    Above all though, Ken was a generous, kind, thoughtful and understanding manager and friend and will be sorely missed by all the trustees, staff and volunteers here at the RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum.

     

  4. Half-term Halloween Fun at the Spitfire Museum

    Looking for something fun to do with the little ones over half term? Yes? Than the Spitfire Museum is the place to be! We’re even free to visit!

    From Saturday 21 October until Sunday 29 October, children of all ages can hunt for ghosts in the museum, the grounds and the cafe with our ghost trail.

    If you find all 9 ghosts there’s a prize* waiting for you in the museum shop.

    We also have a cafe where mum and dad can relax over a cup of Joe or tea whilst the little ones are ghost hunting!

    Who knows the kids may even learn a fun fact or two!

    The museum will be open daily during half term from 10 until 5pm.

    Free admission.

    *Please note prizes may contain nuts.

  5. Simulator Secured for Spitfire Museum!!

    The Spitfire Museum is pleased to say that we have gratefully received a £6000.00 donation from the Linbury Trust!

    This donation has completed the target funding required to install the base unit of the Spitfire Simulator and we are immensely grateful that so many of our local businesses, visitors and stakeholders have helped us reach our target.

    £15,000.0 in 3 months is a fantastic first in the fundraising history of the Spitfire Museum and we are excited that this will be used to improve our visitor experience by offering people the chance to get an idea of what it is like to fly a Spitfire!

    That said, we wouldn’t want to discourage further donations!

    The £15,000.00 secures the component parts of the simulator and allows us to be on target for launching this new experience to the public in April next year. BUT any additional donations will allow us to upgrade our simulator in the future by opening up access to newly developed software and the very exciting possibility of linking the simulator to Virtual Reality technology to make for a truly unique experience.

    We would like to thank everyone who donated to this project for your generous support and we also want to thank all the trustees, volunteers, and staff who braved wind, rain and sun to raise funds and all those who’s wrists are still sore from writing over 120 letters!!

    Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for updates and news as to when the simulator will be open for business! (https://www.facebook.com/ManstonSpitfireExperience/)

     

  6. The Manston Spitfire Experience FB page launched!

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    The Spitfire Museum is pleased to report that the dedicated “Manston Spitfire Experience” Facebook page has been launched today!

    This page will be dedicated to raising funds and sharing progress on how the Museum is doing in installing a 1/1 scale Spitfire Cockpit complete with WW2 style controls from which visitors will be able to fly the Museum’s Spitfire in a simulator.

    We hope that the simulator will help answer the age old question many of our visitors ask, which is: “What was it like to fly a Spitfire?”

    Please share with your friends and please donate too. The sooner we raise £15,000 the sooner we can install the Spitfire Simulator! Currently we are hoping we can get it installed in time for the RAF Centenary in April next year!

    For more information and to see the fundraising progress, please go to Facebook and search: @ManstonSpitfireExperience

    Thanks in advance for your generous support!!

    Best,

    The Spitfire Museum

     

  7. Message from Southern Locomotives Ltd. and RAFA

    Dear Visitors,

    The Spitfire Museum supports the Royal Air Forces Association whenever possible. As such please see below for the “down-low” on a special event concerning the unveiling of the newly re-furbished 257 Squadron locomotive. This event is not being organised by the Spitfire Museum so please direct any queries to the email below.

    A rather dirty 34072 on an up train at Sherborne on 1962. (Photo:  M.F. Collection.)

    A rather dirty 34072 on an up train at Sherborne on 1962. (Photo: M.F. Collection.)

    Southern Locomotives Ltd is a not-for-profit company which restores steam locomotives.  Among our seven locos are three from the Southern Railway’s Battle of Britain class, built in the mid 1940’s.  They are 34053 Sir Keith Park, 34070 Manston, and 34072 257 Squadron.  Sir Keith Park operates on the Severn Valley Railway, Manston is at Swanage, and 257 Squadron will shortly return to service after an extended overhaul.  To mark this event we are arranging a recommissioning ceremony to be held at the Swanage Railway on Saturday 30th September 2017.

    34072's nameplate and crest.  257 Squadron was paid for by the people of Burma.  The motto "Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti" means Death or Glory. (c) N Thompson

    34072’s nameplate and crest. 257 Squadron was paid for by the people of Burma. The motto “Thay myay gyee shin shwe hti” means Death or Glory. (c) N Thompson

    These locos have a resonance among those who served with the Royal Air Force, and their families, and we have enlisted the participation of the Poole branch of the RAFA and the Wareham Air Cadets.  We would also welcome the attendance of anyone who served with 257 Squadron or has a particular interest in the squadron or the eponymous locomotive.  The event will include a special train hauled by our loco leaving Swanage at around 14:00 to Corfe Castle, where the short ceremony will be held.  Our train will then return to Swanage, arriving around 16:00.  We hope the naming ceremony will be performed by our Patron, the actor Edward Fox, well known for his role in the 1969 film “Battle of Britain”.   There is no charge for participation in the event, however we do need to keep a count on those wishing to attend, so we invite those interested to contact me by email, nhthompson@gmail.com

    We hope the event will be a smashing success for our friend with Southern Locomotives Ltd, RAFA and the ATC!

    Thank You,

    The Spitfire Museum

  8. Museum stand at Battles for Victory

    On Sunday (9th July) the museum was fortunate to have a stand at this year’s fantastic Battles for Victory Show at Ellington Park.

    In addition to the usual fundraising and PR, Museum volunteers Gerry and Ron braved the heat to sign prints (to raise funds for the Museum’s Spitfire Simulator Appeal) and talk to visitors about their adventures and experiences whilst serving with the RAF during the Second World War.

    Much to everyone’s (and in particular Ron’s) surprise the event organisers brought over a very special guest to meet our Veterans. None other than John Miller himself whose uncle, Glenn, kept up the Allies morale during the Second World War with his upbeat swing music!

    L to R: Ron, John and Gerry. Photo courtesy of Battles for Victory

    L to R: Ron, John and Gerry.
    Photo courtesy of Battles for Victory

    The occasion was all the more special as it was John’s final show before retirement and judging from the noise of fans, he will be sorely missed! We wish him all the best.

    Thanks to the event organisers, our volunteers and visitors the Museum was able to raise £140 towards our Simulator and every little helps :)!

  9. Spitfire Simulator Appeal

    The simulator featuring authentic WW2 controls

    The simulator featuring authentic WW2 controls

    On Thursday evening (The 6th of July), the Spitfire Museum launched our new Spitfire Simulator Appeal to our local stakeholders. Over 30 people representing local business, politics and community interest were invited to hear about the new Spitfire Simulator that the Museum is raising funds for.

    Local Mayors and Councillors with Museum volunteer Ron Dearman and Trustee Gerry Abrahams. - photo courtesy of Adrian Shaw

    Local Mayors and Councillors with Museum volunteer Ron Dearman and Trustee Gerry Abrahams. – photo courtesy of Adrian Shaw

    The Simulator, based on the examples in other other heritage organisations, is an exciting new project that will hopefully answer, in part, the age old question of “what is was like to fly a Spitfire”.

    Using authentic WWII controls, visitors will be able to take off, fly and land a Mk XVI Spitfire whilst sitting in a realistic cockpit!

    In addition to making our visitor experience more immersive, the simulator will also promote education at the museum and hopefully, raise funds which will be re-invested in the Museum.

    All together installing the simulator will cost £15,000 but thanks to local business, politicians and stakeholders the Museum has already received £6,800 in donations and pledges towards realising our ambition. As such, we hope to be able to launch the simulator to our visitors in Spring of 2018 in time for the Centenary celebrations of the RAF.

    Though ambitious, the simulator will help bring the museum further into the 21st century and hopefully draw more visitors.

    Presentation of the Simulator Appeal by the Museum Manager

    Presentation of the Simulator Appeal by the Museum Manager

    If you are interested in supporting the appeal, please contact the museum at: manager@spitfiremuseum.org.uk to get more details.

  10. May Bank Holiday Boot Fair!

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    Date:       Saturday 27 May, 2017

    Time:      10.00 – 4.00pm

     Venue:    RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Museum – Coach Park

    Charge:   £10 per plot ( 3m x 1.5m) in advance, £15 on the day. To book a space, phone the museum on 01843 821 940 or email: manager@spitfiremuseum.org.uk. Be quick as there are only limited spaces!

     A boot fair for local people at reasonable time. All the profits go to the Spitfire Museum to raise funds to install a Spitfire Simulator at the museum! Come and visit our museum and who knows, you may even pick up a bargain or two!! 

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.

 

 

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