Sywell Aviation Museum News
Sywell Aviation Museum grand opening 2016, Easter Saturday
8th March 2016
Easter Saturday is the traditional Grand Opening for the Sywell Aviation Museum's new season and this year the event returns bigger and better than ever before! Military vehicles, re-enactors, aircraft cockpits and some surprise aerial visitors (maybe even a warbird or two) make it a fun day out!
The event starts at 1030hrs and runs until 1630hrs. Parking is extremely limited so please arrive early and car share!
Following the Grand Opening the Museum will be open as usual every weekend and bank holiday from 1030-1630hrs until the end of September. In July, August and September, the Museum opens on Wednesday afternoons between 1330-1630hrs.
Entry is free - donations welcome - parking is also free but limited! We are taking bookings for out of hours group tours.
Sywell Aviation Museum winter closure
8th November 2015
After a successful 2015 season, the Sywell Aviation Museum is now closed until Easter 2016. Keep an eye on the Aerodrome website for news about the museum's re-opening, which is always an event worth attending!
Many thanks from all the Museum volunteers to all our visitors for making 2015 such a successful year for us. We'll be back, with new exhibits and displays, in 2016!
Retro Air photographic exhibition
1st September 2015
Retro Air are putting on a photographic exhibition in the Sywell Aviation Museum throughout September - so if you're visiting
Sywell Aviation Museum - Wednesday Opening and Show and Tell Event
1st August 2015
For 2015 the Sywell Aviation Museum is trialling opening on Wednesdays (from 13:00 to 16:30) in addition to our normal opening times of weekends and
Sywell Aviation Museum now open for 2015
7th April 2015
Easter Saturday 4th April 2015 saw the annual Sywell Aviation Museum Grand Opening at the Northamptonshire Aerodrome. Now in its 14th year of opening,
Sywell Aviation Museum grand re-opening
29th March 2015
Spring has sprung and it is time once again to announce the Sywell Aviation Museum Grand Opening which takes place on Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015
Dedication of Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial
9th November 2014
At 1.35 pm on the 29th June 1944, a Blackpool-built Vickers Wellington B.III bomber, serial number HF641, of 22 Operational Training Unit took off
Cindy the Canberra arrives
27th October 2014
Sywell Aviation Museum had been looking for a cockpit section for its younger visitors to 'explore' for some time and is proud to announce the acquisition
Blakesley B-17 Memorial Service
15th October 2014
On 12th October 2014 a wartime tragedy which occurred some 70 years ago was commemorated at Woodend, Blakesley, Northants. On 11th October 1944, 3
Sywell Aviation Museum Triumphs at Northants Heritage Awards
29th July 2014
Sywell Aviation Museum was a winner at this year's Northamptonshire Heritage Awards held at Sywell Aerodrome. The Museum won the 'Community Award'
TWO Lancasters for Sywell Airshow!
7th May 2014
We are very pleased to announce that this year's Sywell Airshow will see not one but TWO Avro Lancasters performing in the skies above Sywell! As well
Harvard for Sywell, Martel for Newark
3rd April 2014
North American Harvard IIB KF532 was part of an order for 657 Harvards completed by Noorduyn in Montreal, Canada as a Harvard 11B (AT-16) (S/no 14A-2232
Sywell Aviation Museum re-opens for 2014
19th March 2014
Easter Saturday,19th April 2014 sees the Grand Opening of the Sywell Aviation Museum for the 2014 season!
This free event which starts at
Sywell Aviation Museum double award winner at Northants Heritage Awards 2013!
18th July 2013
We are delighted to report that Sywell Aviation Museum triumphed twice at the annual Northamptonshire Heritage Awards held at Boughton House, Northants
Sywell Aviation Museum open for 2013
8th April 2013
30th March 2013 saw the Grand Opening of the Sywell Aviation Museum for this year's season. Despite snowy remnants on the ground a record crowd attended
Sywell Aviation Museum Ready for Takeoff for 2013!
22nd February 2013
With the nights finally drawing out its time to announce the grand opening of the Museum for the 2013 season which will take place as usual on Easter
War memorials go 'home' for Remembrance Day
10th November 2012
Three World War One memorial plaques which were gathering dust in a county prison could be returned "home" in time for Remembrance Day. The plaques,
Museum gobsmacked and Hunter blinged!
23rd August 2012
Well what an airshow weekend! On top of the fantastic support the Museum received from members of the public the regulars at the Griffin's Head in
Red Arrows, Lancaster, B-17 to display at Sywell Airshow!
4th August 2012
We are delighted to announce that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the world-famous Red Arrows will be
Sywell Aviation Museum wins further accolades!
11th July 2012
We're proud to report that the Museum has been awarded 'Highly Commended' (for our brand new American Hall) in the Best Special Project category at
London to Brighton Bike Ride 2012
8th June 2012
Following the death of Richard Watts, Chairman of the Sywell Aviation Museum, in November 2011 and his brother-in-law Brian Matthews in August 2011,
Museum has Triumphant Opening
10th April 2012
Easter Saturday 7th April saw the Grand Opening of the Sywell Aviation Museum for 2012 and what a terrific success it was! We were absolutely overwhelmed
Sywell Aviation Museum Grand Opening 2012 - TODAY!
7th March 2012
Sywell Aviation Museum's Grand Opening will take place on Easter Saturday, 7th April 2012 from 10.30 and this year will
An old friend returns to Sywell after a 40 year absence
31st January 2012
The Sywell Aviation Museum starts the New Year with an old friend returning to the aerodrome after at least 40 years! Mr Paul Spendlove contacted
Sywell Aviation Museum Update 2012
4th January 2012
Our talk on the 9th January 2012 - 'The Handley Page Hampden - More than just a restoration' by Darren Priday - The Deputy Manager of the RAF Museum
Museum Trustee Terry Levett Passes Away
24th December 2011
More sad museum news to report we're afraid. Our dear friend and trustee Terry Levett passed away recently after the cancer which he beat in 2008 returned.
Museum Chairman Richard Watts Passes Away
14th November 2011
The Museum is sad to report that our Chairman of over 12 years, Richard Watts, has sadly passed away after a short illness.
Blakesley B-17 Memorial
20th September 2011
The Memorial to the Blakesley B-17 Crash was formally opened on the 17th September 2011 - for the full story please see here.
A new exhibition
14th September 2011
With the end of the season approaching it is time for an update on Museum activities!
When we last checked the Paul Morgan Hall had only just
Time Now Flies at School!
13th August 2011
Chris Belton, Headteacher of St John The Baptist Primary School in Colwick, Notts asked the Sywell Aviation Museum for its help in finding a rather
Northamptonshire Heritage Awards 2011
16th June 2011
At The Northamptonshire Heritage Awards held at Harrowden Hall, Wellingborough on the 14th June 2011, Sywell Aviation Museum was Highly Commended
Paul Morgan Display Hall - Grand Opening
26th April 2011
The grand opening of the new Paul Morgan Display Hall at the Sywell Aviation Museum took place on the 23rd April 2011. In glorious weather, the good
Museum Grand Opening and Unveiling of Brand New Display Hall!
23rd February 2011
On Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 from 10.30am the Sywell Aviation Museum is due to open our brand new hall dedicated to the history of the aerodrome.
March for Honour
9th November 2010
Sywell Aviation Museum was proud to host the RAF team participating in the Royal British Legion's March for Honour on the 5th November 2010. Four
Sywell Aviation Museum - Tiger Moth project - help needed!
25th October 2010
Sywell has a very strong affinity with the Tiger Moth, as many were used by Brooklands Aviation pre and post War and 6 EFTS had over 400 on strength
6th September 2010
On Saturday 4th September, members of the Museum visited The Old Drill Hall, Wellingborough to rescue nine anti-tank blocks which were to be crushed
Museum Expansion Update
22nd July 2010
Its all hands to the pump in readiness for the Airshow on the 22nd August - the building is now essentially complete, is internally and externally
Extension Latest and Tour & Dinner Bookings for Summer 2010
5th May 2010
Work on the Museum Extension is now moving apace with the hoops, inner tins and windows now all in situ! We don't hang about you know! It is hoped
Sywell Aviation Museum reopens for 2010
6th April 2010
On the 3rd April 2010 Sywell Aviation Museum opened its doors for what will be its ninth year of opening. A gathering of military vehicles from the
Sywell Aviation Museum Grand Opening 2010
5th February 2010
Easter Saturday 3rd April 2010 sees the Museum open for its ninth season and as usual we welcome anyone with vintage or military vehicles who are
Museum begins expansion!
18th October 2009
After a cracking 2009 season, the museum has been able to move on to stage one of its expansion plans. Bretton Builders of Northampton were contracted
New Defiant Exhibition opened
29th September 2009
Mrs Lilian Sproson from Stourbridge, West Midlands, visited Sywell Aviation Museum on 5th September 2009 to unveil the new exhbition displaying the
Sywell Aviation Museum goes nuclear!
18th May 2009
Due to some keen eyed work by our friends, the museum was informed of a mysterious concrete sphere recently uncovered at the former Royal Ordnance
Sywell Aviation Museum grand opening 2009
9th March 2009
The award-winning Sywell Aviation Museum opens its doors for the 2009
season at 10.30am on Easter Saturday, 11th April 2009.
Very rare new exhibits for the Museum
15th November 2008
Sywell Aviation Museum has recently acquired two very rare Allan Williams Turrets for the Museum's airfield defence collection. The Allan Williams
Wellington nose art mystery
11th November 2008
Recently donated by the Sanders family to The Sywell Aviation Museum is this very rare piece of Wellington Bomber nose art - the museum is looking for
History comes to light at Sywell Aerodrome
26th September 2008
Work on the all-weather runway at Sywell Aerodrome has been progressing well over the past few months and recent ground workings have uncovered an
'Mick' Mannock commemoration
14th August 2008
The Mannock Commemoration at Sywell Aviation Museum took place on Saturday 26th July as planned with the benefit of some stunning weather. It was the
Local WW1 Ace to be commemorated at Sywell on 26th July 2008
10th June 2008
Major Edward Corringham, 'Mick' Mannock VC DSO** MC* 1897 - 1918
Mick Mannock was the leading British fighter pilot of the First World War.
Bill Donald - 305th BG Historian passes away
13th May 2008
The Museum is sad to report the passing of William 'Bill' Donald - historian of the 305th Bomb Group USAAF, Chelveston.
Bill not only wrote
New Zeppelin relic on display at Sywell Aviation Museum
24th April 2008
A very rare relic of First World War aviation has been placed on loan
with Sywell Aviation Museum by Kettering Manor House Museum and Art
Happy Birthday India November!
17th November 2007
November 2007 marks the 60th birthday of resident Miles Messenger G-AKIN
which has been based at Sywell since 1952.
The first entry in
Museum Opening 2007
13th March 2007
The Museum will reopen on Easter Saturday - 7th April - at 10.30 for the 2007 season. Once again our friends from the Troops, Trucks and Stores Military
30th January 2007
Museum members have been very busy over the past weekend. Another local Museum which is moving into new premises kindly donated a large number of superb
Happy New Year
12th January 2007
A very Happy New Year to all our supporters from the Sywell Aviation Museum - we reopen again on Easter Saturday at 10.30hrs but in the meantime if
Winter closing & weaponry!
19th October 2006
Sywell Aviation Museum is now closed for the 2006 season and we reopen at Easter 2007 (though out of hours group visits can often still be arranged).
20th September 2006
Come and visit the museum on Sunday 24th September... and enjoy an airshow while you're at it! See the airshow website for details, and don't forget there's
16th September 2006
Museum members carried out a dig on a Boulton-Paul Defiant crash site in Ketton, Rutland this weekend. Defiant N1794 from 151 Squadron at RAF Wittering,
31st August 2006
A tragic chapter in Northamptonshire's history will be recalled this week when Northamptonshire County Council hands over a Zeppelin bomb to Sywell Aviation
3rd July 2006
Part of the new Sywell Aerodrome website is a complete section devoted to the Sywell Aviation Museum.
We will shortly be expanding this section