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Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Winter Opening Times)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Ramsgate
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

  1. Merlin cafe closed 09 & 10 January 2017 for works

    LOGO HIGH RESOLUTION 2013

    Dear Visitors,

     

    Please be aware that the Merlin Cafeteria will be closed on:

     

    Monday 9 January & Tuesday 10 January 2017

     

    This is to allow for major works to be undertaken to improve the dining facilities in the cafeteria.

     

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

  2. Visit from the Le Musée Spitfire of Florennes

    L to R: Jean Claude, Jeremy (trustee), Trevor (trustee), Robert (trustee), Xavier and Rosa (trustee)

    L to R: Jean Claude, Jeremy (trustee), Trevor (trustee), Robert (trustee), Xavier and Rosa (trustee)

    The Spitfire & Hurricane Museum was very pleased to have received a most special visit on the 12th of November by Messrs. Jean-Claude Toubeau of the Chimay Twinning Association and Col. Xavier Janssens (retd.), founder of the Musée Mémorial Spitfire in Florennes, near Chimay.

    Xavier, having been inspired by a 1981 visit to the RAF Manston Spitfire &Hurricane Memorial Museum (he flew into Manston in a Fouga Magister!!), decided upon his return to Florennes to found his very own museum dedicated to the memory of Belgian and Allied aviators of the Second World War.

    The centrepiece of the Florennes Museum, you guessed it, is an original Mk XIV Spitfire featuring the original Griffon Engine (as opposed to the Merlin engine Spitfire Mk XVI on display at Manston).

    The goal of the visit was to strengthen ties between the two museums as there are already strong links between the two towns the museums sit in with Ramsgate and Chimay already being twinned. In order to promote the common links between our two museums it is hoped that in the future group tours can be arranged that will visit the two towns and their respective museums.

    After all Florennes, like Manston, has a very rich history of aviation and remains to this day the key base of the Belgian Air Force. The Musée Mémorial in Florennes beautifully illustrates this history through its fantastic collection of each of the major Belgian fighter aircrafts starting with the Spitfire Mk XIV and continuing all the way through to the F-16 Fighting Falcon which is currently Belgium’s front line fighter.

    The Mk XIV Spitfire on display at the Musee Memoriale de Florennes

    The Mk XIV Spitfire on display at the Musee Memoriale de Florennes

    If that wasn’t enough, the area surrounding Florennes is noted in Belgium as being an area of outstanding national beauty (as are the beaches and Hills of Kent) and to top it all off, Chimay is also home to what is arguably one of Belgium’s finest abbey brewed beers, two bottles of which were generously provided to, and enjoyed by, the Spitfire & Hurricane Museum by the twinning association of Chimay! (Also famous for its cheese, delicatessen, woods…)

    It is the hope of the Spitfire & Hurricane Museum and the Musée Mémorial Spitfire that we will be able to link our museums more closely in the future and we very much look forward to visiting Belgium in return to say hello to our new friends there.

  3. Events in September

    Dear Visitors and Supporters,
     
    We’re pleased to say that a number of stall holders have already booked into the Museum’s boot fair on Wednesday the 14th of September (5.50pm till 8pm). Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to enjoy our museum at twilight and you may even pick up one or two bargains!
    We hope to see you there.
    Also, please do come and see us for the Heritage Open Day on Saturday 10th September, a not-to-be-missed free family event. Let’s get hands on history!
    Best,
    The Spitfire Museum
  4. Heritage Open Day

    Kids in Museum

    Ever wonder what it feels like to wear a full Battle of Britain pilot’s equipment or try on the webbing of a British Tommy? Want to get a close-up view of a real Spitfire and its cockpit? Want to know what people ate on the Home Front?

    If you do then the Spitfire Museum is the place to be on Saturday 10th September, 2016!

    Volunteer hosts will be providing a range of original WWII items and objects to look at, feel and try on. We will also, for one day only, be giving our visitors a close-up look Spitfire TB752’s cockpit. If you’re really lucky, you may even get to speak with people who actually fought and flew during the Second World War!

    In addition to these special activities, the museum will also be open as usual so you can enjoy a visit or relax in our memorial garden.

    A must if you have children, especially inquisitive ones! Event not suitable for children under the age of 5.

    The event is free of charge and will be running all day Saturday from 10am till 4pm.

  5. September at the Spitfire Museum

    Spitfire Shepherdneame

    The titanic struggle between the RAF and the Luftwaffe during the summer of 1940, the Battle of Britain, is rightfully commemorated as our country’s finest hour. A spectacular moment of defiance and courage amidst the bleak-sounding list of defeats suffered by the Allies at the start of the Second World War, the RAF and the British people stood as one in defence of our Island

    As we come into September, the Spitfire Museum, and many others across the nation will be commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of the young men and women who were embroiled in deadly ballet in the azure blue skies.

    There are several things to do at the Museum during the first weeks of September.

    On Saturday 10th of September, the Spitfire Museum will be supporting TDC’s Heritage Open Days (HoDs) with a one-off day of activities. There will be a whole array of original and Replica WW2 items ranging from rifles and pilot’s flying kit right through to rationed food for young and old alike to try on. We will also be having a veteran’s book and print signing event in the afternoon to raise funds for the museum and also provide a rare opportunity to speak with those who served during the Second World War. For those true aviation enthusiasts we will even have up close viewings of our Spitfire’s cockpit (but please don’t climb into the cockpit). All hosted by our fantastic volunteers who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the War, life on the Home Front and the technicalities of flying legendary planes such as the Spitfire, Dakota and Lancaster!

    On Wednesday the 14th of September there will be a boot fair at the museum from 6pm until 8pm, the ideal opportunity to turn your “trash” into “treasure”! Charges do apply but all proceeds will go to supporting the museum and the Museum itself will be open to visitors during the evening as well. (£7 per car in advance/£10 on the day or £12 per van in advance/£15 on the day)

    Finally, on Thursday the 15th of September at 12 noon the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) will be holding their annual service to commemorate those who fell during 1939-45 so that we, today, might live in peace.

    We very much look forward to welcome all our supporters and visitors to join us at the museum! After all, your support means that we can continue our mission to commemorate, engage and inspire our visitors through the stories of the men and women of World War 2.

  6. Attention all Pokémon Go players!

    Pokemon Go

    For those of our visitors who enjoy a brisk afternoon of Pokémon-hunting, the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum may well be the place to look!

    There are at least four Pokémons roaming inside and out of the Museum, so make sure you can capture them all!

    We could tell you which ones and where, but then that would spoil all the fun! Suffice it to say; at least one of them is quite rare!

    Not a Pokémon Go fan? Not to worry the Museum also boasts a unique Spitfire Mk XVI and a Hurricane Mk IIc to look at and you can explore the Museum’s collection.

    Not a history fan? Then why not have a rest and enjoy a nice coffee or tea and a slice of cake on the café patio whilst the kids are Pokémon hunting?

    We wish all our Poke-hunters the best of luck but please be careful as there are a lot of obstacles in the museum. As fighter pilots used to say, keep an eye out!

    Very Warm Regards,

    The Spitfire Museum

  7. Museum supports Manston Centenary!

    Manston Centenary A4 Poster for FB

    Dear Visitors,

    The Spitfire Museum is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the Manston Airfield  Centenary, commemorating aviation at Manston between 1916 to the current day. The event will be held on the grounds of the Spitfire Museum and the RAF Manston History Museum on Saturday the 28th of May from 10-5pm.

    The event is free to visit but donations are very gratefully received and go in their entirety towards supporting the museums.

    This is NOT an air show and is an entirely NON-political event.

    Parking is on the northern grass adjacent to the museums and has been kindly donated by the owners of the Former Airport site for use on the day.

    The organisers have put on an excellent spread of events so there will be something for everyone. Please see; http://www.manston100.org.uk/ for more information.

    We look forward to seeing everyone there!

    Best,

    The Spitfire Museum

     

  8. Donate On-line Now Available!!

    LOGO HIGH RESOLUTION 2013

    The Spitfire Museum is very pleased to announce that thanks to volunteer efforts we now have a on-line donation capability!

    In a world where few things are low-cost and even fewer free, fundraising has become consistently more important, especially on-line fundraising as it allows small charities like ours to be supported by all our visitors, even those living overseas.

    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.

    So if you’ve always wanted to support the museum and help us to keep our doors open to commemorate and interpret the Second World War in the air, to maintain and preserve our Spitfire & Hurricane for posterity, here you’re chance.

    To find out more please follow this link:http://www.spitfiremuseum.org.uk/donate which will take you to our on-line donations portal and provide information on how you can help our museum.

    Very many thanks for your support, without our visitors and volunteers we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

    Cheers,

    The Spitfire Museum

     

  9. Museum Volunteers Get the Flags Flying in time for St. Georges Day!

    After four months our flags are once again aloft!

    After four months our flags are once again aloft!

    Today, volunteers of the Spitfire museum managed to refurbish and raise a flag pole that has been at the Museum for 30 years in time to get the museum flags flying for St. Georges Day!

    The flagpole in question had suffered severe damage during last winter’s storms which resulted in the top part breaking off. Though quotes for repair were sought, they were all exorbitantly high at £1200-£1800 pounds just to fix it and nearly £2000 to replace it!

    Fortunately, the museum was able to call on one of its most important resources, our volunteers, and the time they offer. As many of the Museum’s volunteers come from a large range of backgrounds some were able to spot that if the pole could be lowered and re-shaped, a pulley could then be rigged and the pole would be able to be used again.

    Volunteer Barrie fixing the ropes on the pole.

    Volunteer Barrie fixing the ropes on the pole.

    Thus, with a little bit of ingenuity, resourcefulness and keen volunteers the Spitfire Museum can proudly fly the Union Flag and RAF ensign from a pole that has been at Manston for combined total of 60 years (30 at the museum and 30 at RAF Manston). And just in time for St. George’s Day!

    It may sound like a simple thing but the end result is that the volunteers also saved the museum £1000-odd which can now be put to better use!

    If you would like to get involved with volunteering at the museum, we are always grateful for the help particularly if you enjoy gardening. To find out more please visit the website: www.spitfiremuseum.org.uk , under the headings “about the trust” and “support us”. You can also email us on: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk or visit us in the museum!

    Staff and volunteers (Barrie, Graham, Tony, Terry and Sarah) after successfully raising the flag pole.

    Staff and volunteers (Barrie, Graham, Tony, Terry and Sarah) after successfully raising the flag pole.

  10. Museum supports DotNEC Spitfire Day!

    The Spitfire Museum is proud to support the Defence of the Nation Education Centre’s (DotNEC)  Spitfire Day tomorrow 5th of March.

    Museum volunteers will be present at the event from 10-4pm with a stall of selected souvenirs for sale to raise funds for our charity.

    We are pleased to be working very closely with DotNEC to celebrate the 80th anniversary of what is probably the finest and most recognisable war plane in history. We are talking, of course, about the Supermarine Spitfire.

    We hope to see our visitors and supporters at the Ramsgate Tunnels to join us and DotNEC in the celebrations.

    For more information on venues, timings and what’s on tomorrow please see: http://www.visitthanet.co.uk/events/218274/

    Best,

    The Spitfire Museum

    Photo: Spirit of Kent Spitfire owned and operated by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

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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