7th January 2016 marked the end of the Museum’s footprint within 2 Hangar at Scampton, the 7 Vehicles were moved out and driven around the front to the Annex, we then marked the departure of the Annex and 2 Hangar with a team photo with a few of the vehicles and the remaining job to remove the sign from the Annex before taking the Vehicles to the Vehicle hangar.
All in all a very productive and exhausting day for the team, however spirits were high and positive talk about the future kept everyone on track, with some very challenging parking of the vehicles.
During a break in our new rest room (the Yellow Bus) an update was held by Steve and the Team have a direction to concentrate on the Vehicles whilst others source new premises and other projects.
It is with much regret that the Museum of RAF Firefighting located at RAF Scampton has been closed down today (21/11/16) until further notice. This is due to the MOD’s requirement at RAF Scampton to use the former offices within the Annex of Hangar 2 for the Scampton Airshow 2017 project. The dedicated team of Volunteers won’t give up on the prospect of creating another location for this popular visitor attraction for all its visitors and veterans.
All items currently on display will be catalogued, packed and then placed into storage awaiting a further decision on the possible relocation of the Museum. RAF Scampton will continue to provide us with secure storage which will enable the massive collection of artefacts to be kept together in order for us to plan for the future. Due to strict Health & Safety requirements it will be impossible for us to host any visitors to these facilities. The Museum phone line, website and all other social media will continue to function, and your support for these will be essential if we are to show that the Museum continues to be a viable asset for relocation/re-establishment.
The Museum is very grateful to successive Station Commanders for allowing us to have a presence at RAF Scampton for the last 14 Years. Obviously the last 4.5 years have seen the Museum grow into an extremely popular tourist attraction; reaching No.5 of Things To do In Lincoln within the first year, and No.30 of 345 Things To do In Lincolnshire this year.
Please understand that the decision to close the Museum has not been taken lightly. We were always aware that we were guests of RAF Scampton and as such, service needs must always take priority. Please avoid doing anything that could affect the relationship that we have built with RAF Scampton by entering into any form of negative comment towards the station executives and the RAF/MOD as a whole.
We remain active members of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and the Fire Heritage Network UK, and we hope that liaisons with these organisations together with the support that we have received from within the county, nationwide and worldwide, will enable a solution to be found and that the Museum will soon be re-opened to the public at a location within Lincolnshire. If you know of a location suitable to house the collection, or you are a Museum interested in forming a partnership with us at your location, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The Museum team wish the Scampton Airshow 2017 team the best of luck with the first ever Scampton Airshow and we hope it is successful and continues year on year.
The dream will continue… watch this space, but above all, please continue to support us.
Steve Shirley, MBE