RAF Marham centenary year is celebrated at Swaffham exhibition

Swaffham Museum Manager Sue Gattuso holdiing a book of photographs of 55 Sqn, which is part of the display to celebrate the Centenary Year of RAF Marham and is now open for the summer season. ANL-160329-181545009
Swaffham Museum Manager Sue Gattuso holdiing a book of photographs of 55 Sqn, which is part of the display to celebrate the Centenary Year of RAF Marham and is now open for the summer season. ANL-160329-181545009

Swaffham Museum hopes to launch a military gallery on the back of a current exhibition celebrating the Centenary year of RAF Marham.

Over the winter the museum has been able to re-organise some of its rooms to create a fifth exhibition room at the London Street site.

The facility, which houses a large display to commemorate the milestone at the RAF base, opened last weekend.

The museum’s manager, Sue Gattuso, said this week: “We are hoping that people will bring in their photos and memories from RAF Marham and the war in general to help build up a reserve.

“In a couple of years we hope to launch a military gallery here with all the memoribillia.”

She added: “We already have a lot what with the RAF base at Marham, North Pickenham during the war and the Norfolk Yeomanry during the 18th century.”

The exhibition includes a timeline of the work at RAF Marham since 1916, and also a focus on Operation Corporate - the British military operation to retake the Falkland Islands following the Argentinian invasion and occupation in 1982.

The base played an essential role in the subsequent Falklands war when Victor aircraft flew from there to refuel the Vulcan bombers in mid-air so they could reach their target site in the south Atlantic.

A £3.99 pocket calculator also played a very significant part in the conflict but Mrs Gattuso said you will need to visit the exhibition to find out why, and the connection it has with Swaffham.

Photographs and logbooks are displayed in the exhibition which will remain open until October. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays. Normal entry charges apply.

“There are also activities for the children to do, so there is something for everyone,” said Mrs Gattuso.

“We’ve already had quite a lot of interest, but we are expecting it to pick up even more over the summer.”