Visit to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

For the past few years my work has been inspired in one way or another by aircraft. My interest is mainly in aircraft of metal construction. I'm fascinated by the way that these aircraft are made and in particular the metal plates on the aircraft that are riveted together. 

Over the last few years I have taken many photographs of aircraft, but was frustrated by never being able to get close enough to the airplanes themselves to make detailed drawings, photographs etc. 

This is where the great team at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum come in. I contacted the Director of the Museum at the end of 2017 to ask if I could visit, knowing that they are closed to the public over the winter I wasn't sure of a positive reply. However, I was delighted to be invited to the Museum just before Christmas and to spend a couple of hours in the company of Dudley Hooley the Museum's Director who was very generous with his time, showing me around the museum and explaining some of the stories behind the various displays. 

Armed with some background to the exhibits I have recently been back to the Museum to do more research which I'll write about in the next post..