Plans for Defford Airfield Heritage Museum

Plans are progressing steadily to restore the ‘Decontamination Annexe’ building in the surviving complex of former RAF Defford buildings in Croome Park to its former RAF appearance externally, and internally for use as the Defford Airfield Heritage Museum.

Former RAF Decontamination Annexe at Croome

The former RAF Decontamination Annexe in Croome Park

Following an initiative of DAHG, the National Trust has received an offer of grant for the greater part of the cost of the project to restore the building for the purpose of housing the Museum, thanks to the generosity of the Evesham-based company Severn Waste Services, via the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The National Trust has appointed a surveyor to take charge of the building works, and set up a Management Board for the project, consisting of Michael Smith, the Property Manager at Croome Park; Dennis Williams of DAHG, who is to act as Curator of the Museum; and Bob Shaw, Secretary of DAHG.

DAHG are now seeking grant funding to fit out the interior of the Museum, and to organise a programme of events and outreach activities, aimed at putting on record and publicising the extraordinary airborne radar achievements of service personnel and scientists at RAF Defford.

It is hoped to open the Defford Airfield Heritage Museum in the first half of 2014.

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