RAF museum re-opens with care
The Heritage Centre at RAF Bircham Newton near Stanhoe will open on Sunday 30 August for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. This is a trial event, and if all goes well the organisers say they hope to open for selected weekends in September, October and November.
Car parking and entrance (10 am to 4 pm) will be free as usual, with disabled access and toilets.
“But please don’t all turn up at exactly 10 am, which would result in queueing to enter the Centre,” say the organisers. “Staggered arrival times would be more convenient for us all.”
The Heritage Centre has a unique collection of memorabilia from the former Royal Air Force station’s past service, which spanned more than 44 years, including two world wars and the Cold War. The display includes photos and personal memories of servicemen who served there. The Centre is run by volunteers, many of whom are ex-servicemen or children of service personnel.
The trial opening has required approval from the National Construction College where the Heritage Centre is based, explains trustee Avril MacArthur.
“We will open in compliance with current covid-19 guidance,” say the team. “Hand sanitisation will be required and face masks or some form of face covering will be recommended when you are inside the Centre. We are going to implement a one-way system with social distance markers similar to that found in shops and supermarkets.”
“We are also going to limit the number of family groups inside the Centre at any one time to a maximum of three. In addition, there will be a welcome desk outside where you can sit down and meet the staff in the open air to discuss any specific items of interest or to ask questions. Strict social distancing will also apply here.”
Location is the National Construction College, Bircham Newton, Norfolk PE31 6RH. The College is signposted off the A148 and the B1454.