Museum Staff Say Goodbye To An Old Friend

June, 2020

On the afternoon of Friday 19 June, many Museum staff gathered outside to pay their respects and to say goodbye to John Edwards, its Deputy Curator for over 20 years.

During his National Service, John had been trained as an RAF wireless operator. He later joined the Metropolitan Police as a Police Constable and during his time with police learnt to fly at Elstree on Tiger Moths before retiring with his wife Sylvia to Sussex and joining the Museum.

He was a fine story teller recounting his time in the police and gained a wealth of knowledge about the Museum’s artefacts. He had a sunny attitude to life even when recounting the latest disaster to fall on his favourite football team, QPR. Truly one of Tangmere’s characters. We all will miss him.

Photo: David Smith

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.