This was another successful year for the Museum. Various new display items included an exhibition featuring Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier who served with No 43 Squadron at RAF Tangmere before the Second World War flying Hawker Furies and Hurricanes, the refurbished transom of a war-time RAF High Speed Launch and the cockpit of an English Electric Canberra B2 on loan. A new touch screen on the ‘Cold War’ was unveiled and a major refurbishment of our celebrated exhibit of Nicolson VC undertaken. Once again, over 40 school visits were accommodated and, inter alia, we hosted the now annual visit by the Higher Command Course of the Joint Services Command and Staff College, an element of the UK Defence Academy.
Our main event of 2012 held on Sunday, 29th July featured ‘Tangmere’s Tribute to the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Campaign’ and a celebration of our own 30th birthday. The occasion was blessed by cloudless skies with visitors enjoying a wide range of activities including talks by RAF and RN personnel who fought in the Falklands War and excellent flying displays by Spitfire and Harvard. Two further special events were held during the year and the Museum was represented at several fetes and similar gatherings in the local area.
As reported on 4th December, whilst the 29,572 visitors during 2012 represented a decrease of some 8.3% on the total for 2011, we are not overly concerned about this reduction given the continuing economic austerity.