Rose Above the Rest
The RAF Waddington Heritage Centre was recently awarded a highly sought-after “Enjoy England Place of Interest” rose and is now ready to welcome visitors and aviation enthusiasts from across the country.
Personnel from RAF Waddington Heritage Committee have rallied together in the last year to improve the Centre by researching station history, enhancing the presentation of aviation artefacts and hosting visits for Squadron Associations linked to the Station. Crucially, the independent quality assessment of the Centre proved that it will provide an appealing excursion for anyone with an interest in aviation since WWII. Wing Commander Andy Pemberton, Acting Station Commander said, “This is an outstanding achievement, it is rewarding to receive external acknowledgement of the hard work that Station personnel have undertaken, all in their own time.”
Fred Cubbage, the Enjoy England assessor, said “The visitor experience at this Place of Interest has achieved a very good overall standard with several areas of excellence.” He highlighted that the presentation of the Lancaster PD259 Recovery story and aircraft wreckage was excellent.
The Committee now aim to develop the Heritage Centre for the benefit of station personnel and external visitors. There are already plans to encourage school parties and youth groups to visit the Centre to learn more about the aviation history of Lincolnshire. Additionally, the Committee are keen to hear from any veterans who may have a story to tell about flying from or working at RAF Waddington, as part of the “Shouting the Odds” Oral History project. If you are interested in learning more about the Heritage Centre go online at http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafwaddington/aboutus/heritagecentre.cfm