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Newark Air Museum - Press Release

Newark Air Museum - Press Release

New interpretation signs installed at Newark Air Museum

Another part of Newark Air Museum's development of its Southfield Site was successfully undertaken on Saturday 8th September, 2012. This came in the shape of two interpretation signs that were installed close to the RAF Winthorpe Memorial.

The signs explain how the rural location was turned into RAF Winthorpe during World War II and the basic history of RAF Winthorpe and its personnel; they were purchased thanks to a Community Project Grant from the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, which is itself funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Produced by Cropwell Bishop based company Malcolm Lane & Son Limited the news signs will be used during the Aviation Amble, which takes place on Saturday 15th September 2012, around parts of the former airfield site in Eastern Nottinghamshire.

As well as drawing on resources in Newark Air Museum's own archive to compile the information for the interpretation signs; information has been included from local history groups, plus current and former residents of the local area.

When the RAF Winthorpe airfield site was constructed during World War II a lot of building materials were transported along or extracted from the Trent Vale area. The museum is currently trying to research the history behind the construction of these features that changed the local landscape so significantly more than seventy years ago.

“The museum trustees are pleased to have secured funding from the Trent Vale Partnership for these interpretation signs”, commented museum trustee Alan Ingleston. He concluded, “We anticipate some positive feedback about these signs and will perhaps look to expand on this type of signage in the future.”

Photo Credits: Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions

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