From its humble beginnings in the 1960s, when a group of like-minded aviation enthusiasts set out with a desire to own a Spitfire, over the years the Newark Air Museum has evolved into one of the UK’s leading volunteer managed aviation museums. Open to the public for forty-eight years; it is a registered charity; an Accredited Museum and a VAQAS accredited site.
The museum site is located just to the north of Newark-on-Trent, on what is part of the former World War II airfield of RAF Winthorpe, which is in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the county border with Lincolnshire.
RAF Winthorpe’s main wartime role was training bomber crews for the various Bomber Command squadrons in Lincolnshire, an activity that is commemorated on the RAF Winthorpe Memorial on the museum’s Southfield Site.
Newark Air Museum’s diverse collection of more than ninety-five aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation; the aircraft on display includes a broad selection of National Benchmark, Significant and Noteworthy aircraft as listed in the National Aviation Heritage Register.
There are extensive under cover displays including two aircraft display halls that house more than fifty-six aircraft and helicopters. These buildings were funded by member and visitor donations; a grant from the Newark & Sherwood District Council and a grant of £453,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The museum is an active member of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire.
In addition to its collection of aircraft the museum displays a diverse selection of aviation artefacts; a collection of more than forty aero engines; and has an extensive archive of aviation publications, photographs and documents. On site there is a new Café that has just been built, thanks to the museum’s own fund raising efforts; and an extensive Shop, which was once described as “An Aviation Enthusiasts Dream!”
Open everyday except December 24th, 25th & 26th & January 1st
(including weekends and Bank Holidays)
entry & prices
Appointments are preferred for Group [15 plus people] visits, although not essential and a party rate booking information pack is available on application; this includes details of the discounted rates. Ample free coach parking directly adjacent to the museum entrance.