£90,000 bid to add Tornado atrium onto RAF Marham museum

Launch of RAF Marham Centenary Celebrations ANL-160120-080631009
Launch of RAF Marham Centenary Celebrations ANL-160120-080631009
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An appeal to fund a £90,000 extension to the RAF Marham museum will be launched later this year.

Servicemen are looking to celebrate the Tornado by creating an atrium at the base’s Heritage Centre.

Station Warrant Officer Steve Roberts is aiming to highlight the base’s rich history along with the aircraft, which is coming to the end of its working life, within the new extension.

He is also aiming to bring the centre up to national museum standard and gain accreditation.

An appeal will be launched in the spring to help fund the 5mx16m atrium which will house Tornado cockpits.

WO Roberts said: “It has flown from here for more than 40 years now and Marham is going to be the last base it flies from so with that in mind it will be the spiritual home for the Tornado in the future.

“We are going to build on the side of the building and need support, help and guidance to do this.”

The heritage centre, which lies outside the base, has been running for two years from a former Roman Catholic church.

A wealth of artefacts and stories, running from the two World Wars to the modern conflicts, are contained within its walls.

Letters from servicemen, bomb casings along with photographs and more are contained in the museum’s archives.

Plus there is a remembrance section which honours every crew since the Second World War which flew from Marham but did not return.

Currently, the centre is only open to the public on the last Saturday of each month along with pre-arranged visits.

But the base wants to increase attendance by having weekly openings from the summer.

It is hoped to attract schools, cadet groups, veteran associations and other bodies to the look through the displays.

The museum’s archives have also allowed six families to learn more about how a loved one died in action.

WO Roberts said: “We have such a wealth of information and heritage here.

“This is a building for the wider community, who are welcome to have a look.”

n RAF Marham is celebrating its 100th anniversary with 100 events. See page 44