Volunteering with the Collection

Volunteering with the Collection

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Daily. Jan & Feb closed Mondays)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

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

Being a Memorial Museum, it’s not surprising that the Memorial Garden is the corner stone of our mission at the Spitfire Museum. The Allied Air Crew Memorial Garden, to use its proper name, is dedicated to all the men and women who fell in defence of the Allied nations during the Second World War.

It is, however, still a garden, and like any garden it needs regular attention to make sure it’s in peak condition for when we hold services (Channel Dash, Battle of Britain and Remembrance Sunday) and it’s thanks to our gardens volunteers that the gardens are in great shape.

Volunteering with the Collection

Volunteering in the gardens includes a a number of tasks ranging from the, rather unglamorous, yet vital, task of weeding and watering to fixing the Museum’s Flag poles so that we proudly fly our flags, and everything in between. Often, our gardens volunteers have an eclectic mix of skills including electrics, carpentry and plumbing which they routinely put to use to help maintain the museum as well as the gardens.

Due to the nature of gardening at the Museum, gardens work only takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 to 12 noon, weather permitting.


  • Physically fit for outdoors work.
  • Be available Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.
  • Happy to work as part of a team of volunteers.


  • In possession of a driver’s license and vehicle as the museum is located in the countryside.
  • Gardening background.

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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Look Out For...

Hispano-Suiza Mk5 20mm cannon

The Hispano-Suiza Mk5 20mm cannon fitted to most World War II British built cannon firing aircraft. This gun has been sectioned to show inner workings and was donated to the Trust by the famous war ace Sir Douglas Bader.