The Heritage Centre participated once again in the popular Museums Galleries Scotland 'Festival of Museums' 2018 event.
Over the weekend the public were welcomed free of charge to visit the museum and enjoy the great exhibits and experiences we have to offer.
The exhibition was formally opened on Friday, May 18th, 2018 by Susan Wilson, Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Scotland before an invited audience. The exhibition formally marked the centenary of a series of marriages of local women to American servicemen towards the end of the First World War. It was a happy story of love set against the tragic backdrop of World War One. In the final year of the Great War a number of young women in Montrose took a brave step that would totally change their lives.
They married men who had travelled thousands of miles across the sea to their small town in Scotland. They left their families and friends with little possibility of ever seeing them again, to live with husbands they hardly knew. They set up homes all over America from California to New England in towns and cities that were very different from the Scotland they had left and which few of them ever saw again.
This exhibition remembers them.
An iconic aircraft of the Second World War has arrived at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. The Avro Anson, a Mk. C19, No. TX226 was built at Yeadon in 1946 and will undergo a rebuild by a team of the centre’s volunteer engineers in our new restoration workshop.
This will be the second recent acquisition of an important WWII aircraft for the Heritage Centre. Last year the Heritage Centre took delivery of a Miles M.2H Hawk Major, one of only two examples of the type in Britain.
The Avro Anson was an important aircraft with large numbers serving in a variety of roles for the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Canadian Air Force and numerous other air forces before, during, and after the Second World War. Ansons of Coastal Command were based at Montrose from 1939.
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre chairman Ron Morris said “The arrival of the Anson will make a significant contribution to our endeavours to show the aircraft that once flew from Montrose, Scotland’s contribution to the RAF, and our efforts to preserve the past for future generations.”
The Heritage Centre is an independent museum managed by award winning volunteers and is entirely self financing. You can really help the project by making a donation to help restore this iconic British aircraft. PLEASE DONATE HERE
1st April 2018 – Centenary of the Royal Air Force
On 29th November 1917 the Air Force (Constitution) Act received Royal Assent and became law. That Act created an Air Force and the Air Council in recognition of the growing importance of air power in defence and the Royal Air Force, the world’s first independent air force, came into being on 1st April 2018.
To mark the proud occasion the heritage centre held a short ceremony during which the RFC flag was lowered and the RAF flag raised by members of the local Air Training Corps. Two wreaths were laid at the Commemorative Stone by Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre veterans Peter Davies and Brian Crozier, one for the Royal Flying Corps and one for Royal Air Force, in commemoration of all who served at RFC/RAF Montrose.
2018 has a special significance as 100 years ago on 1st April 1918, the Royal Air Force was established. Formed from the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service it is the oldest independent air force in the world and was, at the end of World War One, the largest in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history, in particular, playing a vital part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain. Many of the pilots and aces who fought in that battle were trained at Montrose
Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is proud of its connections with the RAF both then and now and stands in remembrance to the brave men and women who have served in both the RFC and RAF. 2018 stands to be a proud year for us as well as we acquire a new aircraft and also take part in events to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.