Flying Through Swale's History!
Nestled in the village of Eastchurch is the Aviation Museum. Situated on the site of RAF Station Eastchurch (1918-1947) the museum celebrates the rich history of aviation associated with the Isle of Sheppey which began in 1909.
Eastchurch was the flying field of The Royal Aero Club (1910-1914) and home to the first aircraft factory from 1910. Several pioneers of aviation have had an input into the airfield’s growth and importance in both WW1 and WW2.
When visiting the Eastchurch Aviation Museum you will be treated to an historical journey guided by passionate, enthusiastic volunteers. You will be able to view the exhibits housed in the current building, view progress on the museum’s extension, which is nearing completion, and hear about the exciting plans for new attractions and exhibits which will enhance the rich history. The museum also has a gift shop where you can purchase a momentum of your visit.
Future plans for the museum include the restoration of the military hangers which are on site. These hangers are believed to be the oldest military hangers in Europe and their restoration will make an excellent heritage attraction.
Visiting the museum gives you an unforgettable experience of the very earliest days of pioneer flying in the UK.
You can also visit the The Old Mill Café which is opposite the museum for coffee and cake or lunch.
Eastchurch Aviation Museum is part of the Wheels of Time which is a partnership of museums and heritage sites in Kent developed to promote education in history and heritage among young children.
Eastchurch Aviation Museum
The Old Mill Cafe
Eastchurch Aviation Memorial Stone
There are so many other attractions within Swale where you can take in the History and Heritage of the Borough. Some of these are:
- Blue Town Heritage Centre
- Rose Street Cottage
- Minster Gatehouse Museum
- The Guildhall Museum in Queenborough
- Heritage Hub
- Sittingbourne Heritage Museum
- Milton Regis Court Hall Museum
- Old Forge Wartime House
- Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre
- Maison Dieu in Ospringe
- Chart Gunpowder Mills
- Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park and Visitor Centre
Minster Gatehouse Museum
Blue Town Heritage Centre Exhibit
Heritage Hub Exhibit
Old Forge Wartime House
Volunteer Swale Awards 2020
The Volunteers within Swale create a warm welcome and an engaging experience for each visitor at our destination attractions, and are one of the many reasons why they are the attractions they are today!
Each year, the Swale Volunteer Awards acknowledges the many volunteer hours given, and we would encourage visitors who have received good service and had their visit enhanced by a Swale volunteer, to nominate them for the next Swale Volunteer Awards, being held on 13 March 2020.
For more information on how to nominate, click here.