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Calling all Penguins, Bluebirds & ‘Erbs – The RAF Museum Needs You!


Calling all Penguins, Bluebirds & ‘Erbs!

2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force and the award-winning Royal Air Force Museum will celebrate and commemorate this anniversary through a major transformation of its visitor experience sharing the RAF story on site and online.

Innovative new galleries will explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its roles today and invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology. A new digital sharing project will promote a conversation with a global audience and help connect people to the RAF story.

For the past two years the museum’s curators, have been researching their world-class collections to select stories and objects that will best enable visitors to engage with the story of the RAF.

As a result, gaps in the collections have been identified and now the museum is calling upon current and ex-Service personnel, who served in the RAF from 1970 to 2015, their families and members of the public to assist in filling them.

If you served with the RAF during this time, and particularly in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, the First or Second Gulf Wars, Libya, Afghanistan or on any humanitarian mission since the 1970s, the RAF Museum would love to hear from you.

The museum are focussing on collecting personal papers (such as the one illustrated here), photographs, recent campaign medals from RAF sources, and any operational kit or clothing which can be linked to specific operations or stories – particularly any ‘Black Bags’ received from Operation HERRICK or TELIC.

Nina Hadaway, Archive Library and Research Manager for the Museum, explains: “We are aware that our current holdings are quite thin for the most recent 40 years of RAF history. As we look towards the RAF’s Centenary in 2018, now is an ideal time to try and fill these gaps. With the help of the public, former and current serving personnel we hope to strengthen the Museum’s collections. This will enable us to share more fully the experiences of those serving in the RAF from the 1970s to the present day with all our visitors.”

The museum would also welcome contact from volunteers who would be happy to be interviewed about their RAF experiences.

If you are able to assist us, please email us in the first instance at:

This will enable the museum to arrange for a member of their curatorial team to contact you. Alternatively, please complete a ‘Donate an Artefact’ form in the Support Section of our website.

For a full list of the items that the museum is searching for, please visit the Museum’s website at:

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