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Opening Hours
10am - 5pm (Summer 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
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Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

  1. 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/)

     

  2. The Manston Spitfire Experience FB page launched!

    The Manston Spitfire Experience Logo - Large

    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

     

  3. 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

  4. 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 :)!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!! 

  7. Fundraising Success!!

    LOGO HIGH RESOLUTION 2013

    Dear Visitors, Sponsors and Donors,

    Last year towards the end of August, the Spitfire Museum was in dire straits as a result in falling visitor numbers, falling sales and falling donations. It was a very bleak situation indeed….

    However, we are pleased to announce that, thanks to a surprise legacy made to the museum and the dramatic response from all our supporters online and off-line, the Museum has secured the funding required to cover the £20k shortfall from last year!

    This means that we can remain open for free for at least another whole year!!

    That said, donations still make up the core of the Museum’s funding, so please continue to donate generously.

    Finally, from all of us here at the museum, we would like to say a massive thank you to all those who continue to support the work we do. “Let’s keep the Spitfire Museum flying”!!

    Thanks

    The Spitfire Museum

  8. MUSEUM CLOSED THIS MONDAY

    LOGO HIGH RESOLUTION 2013

    Dear Visitors,

    Please be aware that the RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum and Merlin Cafeteria will be closed this Monday 24 April, 2017 all day.

    This is due to essential maintenance taking place on the electrical grid.

    The museum and cafe will be open as usual from Tuesday 25th April onward.

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

    Sincerely,

    Management

  9. Easter Egg Hunt at the Spitfire Museum!

    LOGO HIGH RESOLUTION 2013

    Looking for something to do this Easter weekend?

    If so, the Spitfire Museum is the place to be as we will be holding our very own Easter Egg trail with a twist.

    Each “Easter Egg” features the photo of a famous aviator, if you can list all nine you win a prize (and learn something too)!!

    Come join us at the museum this weekend (14-17 April) and have a go at our Easter Egg trail. Volunteers and cafe staff will be happy to help!

    Wishing you all a happy Easter from the Spitfire Museum.

  10. The Manston Spitfire – 72nd Anniversary Event on 19 March!

     

    Manston Spitfire Anniversary 2017 Leaflet A5 - Page 1 - for Web

    The Spitfire Museum is holding a one day celebratory event to make the 72nd anniversary of the first operational flight of the ‘Manston Spitfire’ on Sunday 19 March, 2017.

    The event is free of charge, but all donations are very gratefully received and go towards running the Museum and improving our visitor services.

    Please note that all car parking (apart from disabled) is on the northern grass. Please refer to the photos above and below for a list of what’s on and directions to the car park.

    The Spitfire Museum would like to thank the following for supporting our event:

    Stone Hill Park Limited, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Powermain Limited and Kent Events.

    We look forward to seeing all our visitors and supporters on the 19th.

    Manston Spitfire Anniversary 2017 Leaflet A5 - Page 2 - for Web

     

     

     

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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