Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre has been awarded Accredited Status by Arts Council England, the national development agency for arts and culture.
The Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards that inspire the confidence of the public, funding and governing bodies. It enables museums to assess their current performance, as well as supporting them to plan and develop their services to benefit visitors.
The Centre, owned by North Kesteven District Council, portrays the fascinating story of Royal Air Force College Cranwell - the first Military Air Academy in the world - from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to the current day through artefacts, story boards, displays and exhibits. Interactive exhibits enable visitors to attempt to land a Jet Provost on the runway at RAF Cranwell before their fuel runs out.
Councillor Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, Leader of the council, said: “It is wonderful that Cranwell is now officially recognised as a museum and is superb timing with the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force in 2018.
“It is something we have been working hard to achieve as we know how important the Centre is to our residents and visitors.
“We are proud of our district’s aviation links and it is important that there are venues like this for people to visit to find out more about our heritage and learn about it in interactive ways.
“Our heritage sites are an important component of the district’s wonderful tourism offer and are one of the many factors that meant more than 2.4 million people visited North Kesteven last year.
“We welcome as many people as possible to visit Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We are delighted to award Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre Accredited status.
“In the Midlands, we are fortunate to have an exceptional mix of museums on our doorstep, housing local histories and national treasures.
“Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre plays a vital part in celebrating the aviation and military heritage. Located in North Kesteven the collection is of both local and national importance.”
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre is free to enter. It is open seven days a week from April 1 to 31 October, 10am to 4.30pm. During the winter, November 1 to March 31, it is open on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
For more about heritage sites in the district please visit www.heartoflincs.com
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