Aston Clinton School visit RAF Halton

Jane Reilly  |  Published: Apr 3rd 2018

As part of RAF Halton’s commitment to engage with local schools, the Trenchard Museum hosted a visit from Aston Clinton School.  Based on a similar concept of our Cool Aeronautics event, the children were taken through a set of activities.

The purpose was to assist the 60 children with understanding the history of WWII and the way of life by showing them artefacts from the 1940s, explaining their use and enabling them to handle and use the items. 

Volunteers from the Trenchard Museum, assisted by the Station Youth Activities Liaison Officer, Sgt Greg Daly and Servicemen Awaiting Trade Training, split the children into five group exercises, three in the museum and two in the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre.   

The activities they experienced were: taking part in Operation Control Room, handling weapons used in WWII. Seeing how servicemen lived, including making a bed-pack, operating a Link Trainer and finally, using the Chipmunk Flight Simulator to understand the controls of a Spitfire or Hurricane.

Curator and organiser, Mr Francis Hanford, said: The children were animated and interested to learn throughout the day.  They showed an interest in everything they saw and did.

In the 100th year of the RAF, Halton personnel are keen to teach and inspire children and remember historic events such as theBattle of Britain.

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