New Exhibition for 2016: “Women of RAF Defford – Heroines of Croome at War” at RAF Defford Museum

A group of Wrens at the ‘Wrennery’, RAF Defford. Photo courtesy Mrs J MacKeith

RAF Defford, the secret airfield with buildings in the grounds of Croome Park, was the centre where British airborne radar, based on the inventions of the scientists at Malvern, was tested, developed and proven by flying trials, during the Second World War and after. 

The outcome was a series of remarkable achievements, which played a crucial role in victory for the Allies in the War, and the defence of the West in the Cold War which followed.

By 1945, there were well over 2500 people at RAF Defford. Of these, up to 600 were women. They played a vital role in the fight to stay ahead of the enemy in the battle of the air waves, often in dangerous and demanding circumstances.

After the War, what had been achieved by these women was forgotten. This is their story.

The exhibition in the RAF Defford Museum is open to visitors on Sunday January 24th 2016, and thereafter seven days a week for at least three months.  The Museum is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm.

Find out more about visiting the RAF Defford Museum at Croome on this page.

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RAF Walks 2016 – guided walk starting Sunday 5th June

The first RAF Guided Walk of the year takes place on Sunday 5th June 2016 at 11.30am, meeting at the RAF Reception, Croome.

Further events are scheduled for:

  • 3rd July,
  • 7th August,
  • 4th September,
  • 2nd October.
Visitor Reception, Croome

Visitor Reception in the former RAF Defford Sick Quarters, Croome

On the RAF Walk, looking towards Croome Court, June 2013

On the RAF Walk, looking towards Croome Court, June 2013

Walk through Croome Park with trained guides who will describe the extent of the World War II RAF Defford base, while telling a fascinating story of the people & events connected to it.

Croome website has more details here.

Getting to Croome: information via National Trust website.

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Cancelled – Lecture: “Women of RAF Defford: Heroines of Croome at war”, 1st February 2016

Unfortunately, this lecture has been cancelled. 

Information about ‘Women of RAF Defford’, the new museum exhibition at Croome, can be found here.

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RAF Walks 2015 – guided walk on Sunday 4th October

The next guided walk is on Sunday 4th October, at the later time of 11:30. [see also, the Croome Facebook Event]


The First RAF Guided walk of the summer takes places this weekend, Sunday 14th June 2015 at 10.30am, meeting at the RAF reception, Croome.  Further events are scheduled for Sunday 5th July, Sunday 2nd August,  Sunday 13th September and Sunday 4th October.

Visitor Reception, Croome

Visitor Reception in the former RAF Defford Sick Quarters, Croome

On the RAF Walk, looking towards Croome Court, June 2013

On the RAF Walk, looking towards Croome Court, June 2013

Walk through Croome Park with trained guides who will describe the extent of the World War II RAF Defford base, while telling a fascinating story of the people & events connected to it.

Starting at 10.30am, it lasts for approximately 2 hours and involves walking on some uneven ground and negotiating some stiles.

Next dates for RAF Guided Walks:

  • Sunday 5th July
  • Sunday 2nd August
  • Sunday 13th September
  • Sunday 4th October

Croome Facebook information available: here.

Getting to Croome: information via National Trust website.

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11th and 12th July: RAF Defford Heritage Weekend 2015

RAF Defford Heritage Weekend 2015 takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July.  Please see the updated page here for full details.

The newly restored Ambulance Garage building of RAF Defford, at Croome, June 2015

The newly restored Ambulance Garage building of RAF Defford, at Croome, June 2015

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Can you help us by volunteering at the Museum?

Can you help us by volunteering at the Museum?

Working jointly with The National Trust, we are continuing to recruit volunteers to staff the RAF Defford Museum at Croome, to meet current needs and to cover the expansion of the Museum when a second building opens.

The Museum is open 11:00 to 16:30 (16:00 in winter), seven days a week. For every hour the Museum is open to the public, there will need to be two trained, National Trust enrolled volunteer Museum Stewards on duty.

Volunteer Museum Stewards play a vital role, talking to and directing visitors and helping them understand the history of RAF Defford and its achievements. Volunteers receive the general induction normal for Room Stewards, with specialist training involving DAHG for their role in the Museum.

As National Trust registered volunteers, Museum stewards will receive various benefits and privileges, and join a group with a high degree of team spirit.

Can you help us? Contact us for more details or phone Rachel Coltman on 01905 370001 or John and Ann Sterry on 01684 772234, for a chat about volunteering.
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RAF Defford Heritage Weekend 2015

It will not be just an RAF Defford Heritage Day but an RAF Defford Heritage Weekend in 2015!

Please put the date in your diary now – Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July.

The Heritage Weekend takes place at: National Trust, Croome Park, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW.

See the main page on RAF Defford Heritage Weekend 2015 for more information, along with the National Trust Croome pages.

 

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