Museum’s Gift To Mark Gwen Duke’s 100th Birthday

July, 2020

On Friday, 3rd July, Gwendoline Duke, the widow of the Museum’s first Honorary President, Squadron Leader Neville Duke, celebrated her 100th birthday at her home in Lymington.

To mark the occasion, our Chairman, David Baron and his wife Vee, visited Gwen to convey the Museum’s congratulations and present a photograph album containing pictures of her and Neville compiled by David and digitally enhanced by Pete Pitman; the majority taken during their visits to the Museum from the date we opened in 1982 through to Neville’s death in 2007.

A centrepiece on the day was Gwen’s birthday cake decorated with a frosted Hunter WB188, the aircraft flown by Neville to achieve the World Airspeed Record in 1953 and now on display in the Museum.

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.