Tangmere Military Aviation Museum was born when a group of like-minded enthusiasts met to discuss ways of keeping the memory of RAF Tangmere alive.
In 1981, West Sussex County Council donated a large SECO hut to the group and in June 1982, following much hard endeavour, the embryo Museum opened its doors to visitors. We have grown considerably since then to exhibit a vast number of artefacts.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, our mission statement can be described thus:
The Museum exists to promote awareness of the United Kingdom’s military aviation heritage and to educate present and future generations in military aviation by:
- Exhibiting the history of aircraft and personnel involved in military aviation with particular reference to RAF Tangmere and its unique place in that history.
- Serving as a memorial to those allied airmen and airwomen who gave their lives in the service of this country.
In 1987, the Museum became a Charitable Trust and Limited Company. As such, its full title is the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust Ltd and it is governed by Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The Museum’s governing body is the Trust Council, comprising 9 elected Trustees who, in effect, constitute the Company’s Board of Directors. The Council is responsible for all matters of policy, including the allocation of departmental budgets. Day to day management is delegated to the Museum’s Director who oversees a Management Team comprising the following areas of responsibility: Curator, Education, Engineering, Publicity and Simulators. The cafeteria (operated via franchise) and shop (Museum Trading Company) respond directly to the Trust Council.
- Patron: The Duke of Richmond and Gordon
- Hon President: Air Marshal Sir Graham Miller KBE
- Hon Life Vice-President: Mr Alan Bower
- Hon Life Vice-President: Mr Ken Shepherd
- Hon Life Vice-President: Mrs Sheila Shepherd
- Hon Life Vice-President: Mrs Joyce Warren
- Hon Life Vice-President: Mrs Hazel Willard
- Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC FRAeS
- Mr Duncan Simpson OBE CEng FRAeS FIMechE
Council of Trustees
- Mr Dudley Hooley (Chairman)
- Mr Paul Constable (Co-opted)
- Mr David Coxon
- Mr Francis De Beer (Co-opted)
- Mr Roger Jones
- Mr Ken Shepherd
- Mr David Smith BA (Hons)
- Mr Phil Stokes
- Mr Richard Thomas
- Mrs Brenda Thompson
Officers of the Company
- Hon Treasurer: Mr Francis De Beer
- Hon Secretary: Mrs Brenda Thompson
Office of the Director
- Director: Mr David Coxon
- Deputy Director: Vacant
Director’s Management Team
- Curator: Mr Charles Hutcheon
- Education: Mr Richard Thomas
- Engineering: Mr Phil Stokes
- Personnel: Mr David Smith BA (Hons)
- Publicity: Mr Mike Bennett/Mr Joe Marsden
- Simulators and Projects: Mr Pete Pitman
- Treasurer: Mr Francis De Beer
- Revd Trevor Marshall
- Mr Martin Brannigan
Charity Commission Reg No: 299327.
Company No: 2206865.