The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare has made good progress on its new entrance building, which is replacing the original wooden Pratten building structure that has been used as the reception, introductory displays, café and shop since the museum first opened in 1989. It has thus far self-funded the new structure, which will contain a café,toilets, shop, reception, staff offices and a film theatre/meeting room, as well as refreshed introductory and educational displays, leading through into the main museum.
“Even though the project was not considered as heritage or conservation-related, meaning that we were unable to secure grant aid for the project, we are receiving great support from a number of our volunteers who are helping with fund raising and the fitting out work”, says THM general manager Lee Mills. “We have also been fortunate in being offered various items to help furnish and complete the new offices and café area.”
Meanwhile, other museum volunteers have begun to prepare exhibits that will be situated in the new extension, including a rare 1930s Cierva C30A autogyro that was discovered in the rafters of a garage near Cirencester more than 30 years ago. Used during the Second World War for radar station calibration on the east coast, the exhibit includes a section of the original fabric bearing the RAF markings and serial number AP506.
Funding donations towards the project will be gratefully acknowledged in the completed building and can be sent by BACS, cheque or credit/debit card payments. For more details, visit www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk.