Scampton, Lincolnshire: The “Museum of RAF Firefighting” today announced a new partnership with Scampton Holdings Ltd, the company that will bid for the RAF Scampton site following news of the disposal by the MoD. This partnership will secure the future of the Museum of RAF Fire Fighting, if Scampton Holdings Ltd is successful in its bid, providing a permanent home for this historic and unique collection.
Steven Shirley MBE, Chairman and founder of the Museum said “The prospect of returning to our former home at RAF Scampton gives all of the Museum Team the hope of finally finding a permanent home for the collection. Our business plan fits in perfectly with the vision that Scampton holdings has for the site, ‘Preserving the Past, Safeguarding the Future.’ Our aim will be to develop a first-class tourist attraction and educational facility that has the potential to become the leading fire museum in the country.”
“We very early on recognised the synergy that exists between The Museum of RAF Firefighting and the rich history of the RAF Scampton site. We welcome the opportunity to work with Steve and his team to make this dream a reality,” says Tom Lear, Project Lead, at Scampton Holdings Ltd. “As well as this opportunity, we are working closely with local heritage stakeholders including the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre to ensure their future is also secured.”
About The Museum of RAF Fire Fighting: The Museum became a registered charity in 2017. It is dedicated to telling the story of military firefighting with particular emphasis on the Royal Air Force Fire & Rescue Service. Knowing that we cannot tell the story of military firefighting without telling the story of firefighting, the Museum collection offers something for everyone. With 52 vehicles and over 20,000 exhibits, the collection is probably the largest of its kind in the Country. Many of the exhibits are unique and of National Importance. Not being open to the public for over four years has presented a number of challenges to the team, the most pressing of which has been the need to find a permanent home. Without this, the collection is at risk of being lost forever. Already, the collection has moved three times and each time the promise of a new home has not come to fruition. Working with Scampton Holdings, there is now a very real chance that finally, a permanent home might have been found which will secure the collection for future generations.
About Scampton Holdings Ltd: Scampton Holdings Ltd was formed in 2020 as a special purpose vehicle to bid for the site at Scampton. Their plans centre around a centre of excellence for innovation and technology, providing infrastructure for collaboration between commercial partners involved in projects including aerospace, satellites and drone technology. The secure airspace and operational runway are planned to be maintained. A heritage centre celebrating the sites history is planned, with a living museum and heritage trail around the historic site of Scampton forming one of the four pillars of the concepts proposed by Scampton Holdings Ltd.