Heritage Centre Layout
The Heritage centre is a fully accredited museum located on the site of what was once RAF Montrose. It comprises of several buildings as detailed below.
Here you will find our Reception and Shop where you will be welcomed and given useful information for your visit. You will also view our ‘1940’s Room’ which will transport you back in time.
The MT (Mechanised Transport) Hut can be seen in some of the oldest pictures of the air station and dates back to around 1915. After the closure of the air station in 1952 the hut fell into a state of disrepair. In 2009 volunteers started restoring the hut and it was formally reopened on 5th May 2012. The building is a category:C(S) Listed Building Historic Scotland Building ID: 38231
Built in 1915 this was the former headquarters building of the air station and now holds several exhibitions. The building is a category:C(S) Listed Building Historic Scotland Building ID: 38229
Exhibition Room 1
Formerly the Commanding Officers office, there is a display on the theme of the Home Front during WWII
Exhibition Room 2
Is used for temporary displays and currently dedicated to the Spitfire and its history.
Exhibition Room 3
The largest display room tells the story of Montrose Air Station from its foundation in 1913 to its closure in 1952 and the people who served there. A large diorama shows the layout of the airfield in 1940.
Exhibition Room 4
A pilots bedroom in 1940.
Wartime Pillbox and Anderson Shelter
The pillbox dates from 1949 and was an important part of the defences at Montrose. The Anderson shelter was designed in 1938 by William Paterson and Oscar Carl (Karl) Kerrison in response to a request from the Home Office. It was named after Sir John Anderson, then Lord Privy Seal with special responsibility for preparing air-raid precautions immediately prior to the outbreak of World War II, and it was he who then initiated the development of the shelter. It was widely used by the civilian population during WWII
The Richard Moss Memorial Collection
Formerly the Kirriemuir Aviation Museum, this building displays Richard Moss’s collection of RAF memorabilia.
Jack Drummond Workshop and Store
This is named after LAC Jack Drummond who was posted to Montrose in 1937. The Nissen hut is used for restoration projects and houses working machinery. For safety reasons it is not open to the public.
John Betty Library and Research Centre
Named after Squadron Leader John Betty, former Chief Flying Instructor at RAF Montrose, the library houses the largest private collection of aviation books in Scotland and the Heritage Centre’s archives. It is accessible to visitors by arrangement and will eventually provide computer access to archives for family history research.
David Butler Building
This building, a Romney Hut funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was named after David Butler who was a founding member of the Heritage Centre. It houses the T22 Sea Vampire jet, Link trainer and a display of aircraft engines ranging from the early Derwent to the mighty Olympus Jet engine that powered the Vulcan Bomber and Concorde. There is also information about Pilot Training including an interactive computer display and a Learning Zone for visits from local schools.
Lt. John Ross Robertson Building
The Heritage Centre’s newest building was erected in July 2014 and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne, on 3rd August 2014. The Heritage Centre’s WWI artefacts will be on display in the building together with a replica Sopwith Camel and an amazing full size replica B.E.2a aircraft which has been built by volunteers at the Heritage Centre.
The building is named after Lt. John Ross Robertson who learned to fly at Montrose and was killed in action on his fourth mission 5 months later on 12th May 1917. He was buried by the Germans and the cross they made for his grave is now on display in the building. It stands as a memorial not just for Lt Robertson but to all the people who served at Montrose.