ACA Building at Yorkshire Air Museum
Grand Opening 24 July 2013
The Grand Opening of the new Aircrew Association Archive Trust building at Yorkshire Air Museum, by past ACA President Air Chief Marshal Sir Sandy Wilson, took place at noon on Wednesday 24 July 2013 in gloriously hot sunshine in front of an audience of around 150 members of the Aircrew Association and their partners.
The programme for the event is HERE.
The building, with an ACA crest at the entrance and an ACA flag flying outside, is built to the latest museum standards, equipped with specialist storage racks and has facilities for researchers to make good use of the archive. Over the next few months the archive material will be transferred from its temporary storage in an adjacent building into its permanent new home.
The ACA Archive was established 15 years ago by the ACA Archivist, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork and now consists of 10,000+ items including uniforms, medals, photographs, log books and other memorabilia, which form a unique record of the achievements and history of military aircrew, especially during WWII.
Once established in its permanent home, the archive will form an integral part of the Yorkshire Air Museum’s research material with a small selection on display to the general public in the entrance vestibule.
On the occasion of the Opening, the Chairman of the Aircrew Association Archive Trust, Air Commodore Jack Broughton, was honoured and delighted to receive messages of support from HM The Queen HERE and HRH The Duke of Cambridge HERE.
|Cooling air from the YAM SE5 engine run||ACA members and their partners|
|YAM Director Ian Reed opened the proceedings||Welcome by A3T Chairman Air Cdre Jack Broughton|
|ACM Sir Sandy Wilson ...||unveiled the ACA crest ...|
|and cut the ribbon to open the building.||Rev Taff Morgan, Chaplain YAM|
|Rev Bill Pegg, Chaplain Emeritus A3T||Air Cdre Graham Pitchfork, ACA Archivist|
|The public display area||Display of medals and brief histories|
|Display cases||Further display of medals and histories|
|Storage racks yet to be filled||ACA West Riding Branch handed in their insignia|
Pictures of the event by the webmaster.