Aircrew Association Archive Trust
By the Chairman of Trustees – Air Commodore Jack Broughton OBE DL
26 July 2012
Former members of the ACA will be aware that an Archive was set up in their name at the Yorkshire Air Museum in 2000. Since then material for this archive, donated mainly by members, has been accepted into the YAM archives but they have now reached the point where extra storage space is required whilst existing buildings are proving costly to maintain.
The ACA Archive Trustees, together with the YAM Trustees, agreed earlier this year to erect a new building in the same WWII design of other buildings on site. This project would be financed initially by the A3T and will be known as the “AirCrew Association Building”.
Work has already started on erecting the structure and the building should be completed by the late autumn prior to installation and check out. The £100,000 cost will be met by the A3T from the final payment of £68,000 from the ACA following its dissolution in December last year and a £50,000 grant from the ACA Charity Trust. However, most importantly funds for the displays and upkeep will come from donations to the ACA Memorial Appeal. These monies from individuals and ACA Branches boosted A3T funds and gave the Trustees confidence that a worthwhile ACA Archive Building, containing military aircrew artefacts and records could be achieved. This will be integrated with existing YAM facilities at the former RAF Elvington, which boasts a large collection of aircraft and memorabilia of aircrew and operations and includes the existing and popular Air Gunners Association Building.
It is expected the ”ACA BUILDING” will be completed by the spring of 2013 and the A3T will arrange a suitable ceremony and gathering to mark the occasion. In the meantime, donations to A3T Funds from individuals and former branches of the ACA will gratefully be received by the Trustees whose details can be found in the Archive Trust section of this website.
A3T Building at Yorkshire Air Museum
|8 October 2012 structure complete and handed over to YAM. Now for the fitting out inside.
An ACA plaque will be displayed above the public entrance at the far end.
|A3T Trustees visited on 26 September 2012||Most of the interior will be for storage and research with a public display and viewing area at one end (behind the camera).|
|Structure nearing completion 9 September 2012.
The white door will be the public entrance in due course.
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|20 August 2012||7 August 2012|
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