AAM secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

Posted on: January 17th, 2014

The American Air Museum team is thrilled to be able to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded us a grant of £980k/$1.6m towards our project.

For those of you outside the UK, the Heritage Lottery Fund distributes money raised through the National Lottery, to support the UK’s heritage. It has had a major impact on the resilience and vibrancy of the sector, investing £5.9 billion in a diverse range of projects since 1994. (For more about the HLF, see www.hlf.org.uk.)

As regular visitors to our website will know, our project aims to explore and communicate the heritage of Anglo-American military collaboration through air power. The HLF’s support will go towards three main elements:

The first is a dynamic website based around the Roger Freeman Collection, a compilation of Second World War prints and slides assembled by aviation historian Roger Freeman. Many of these images have not, up to now, been publicly available. With thousands of images in the collection, we’ll be asking people to help us uncover the stories behind the photographs by logging on and telling us what they know. We hope that the first phase of the website will be live from summer/autumn 2014.

Secondly, we will be refreshing and re-energising the displays in the American Air Museum. We’ll be placing a greater emphasis on the stories of individuals and how their lives intersected with the aircraft on display in the museum, be they president or private. We’ll also be bringing the exhibition up to date with material covering the two decades of conflict since the museum originally opened.

Thirdly, we’ll be undertaking conservation work on the aircraft and objects in the American Air Museum to ensure that this important collection is kept in good historical condition for future generations to enjoy.

We will say more about the work we are doing in forthcoming blog posts.

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