It has been the Museum’s best August ever for visitor numbers. Visitor totals to the end of August stood at 126% of the same time last year, itself a record year. Hundreds of people every day have visited the Museum during this peak school Summer holiday month and we were particularly pleased to see the number of family visits we received. Talking to visitors reveals the wide variation in ‘favourite exhibits’. High on the ‘favourites’ list for children have been the Hunter cockpit that they can sit in and the Flight Simulators where visitors can try their hand at flying a range of military aircraft on our very realistic simulation programs.
Much admiration has been expressed by our many lady visitors for the new WAAF exhibit and the ever-popular Poets Corner which contains a wonderful choice of poems and letters written by airmen to their sweethearts and families during wartime conditions.
The starkly fascinating Hurricane cockpit which carried a young pilot, Sgt Dennis Noble of 43 Squadron, on his final flight and which was excavated from the crash site in Hove then extensively restored to display condition by Museum Curator Maintenance Keith Arnold, also continues to provoke comment and discussion. So too does the SOE section which deals with the clandestine activities from Tangmere when agents were carried into occupied France, Belgium and Holland aboard black Lysander aircraft on moonlit nights, some never to return.
As one recent comment in our Visitors Book said, ‘there is so much to see here, even two visits is not enough!’