Today The Friends of Metheringham Airfield (FOMA) welcomed family members of those who served at RAF Metheringham, with 106 Squadron and 467 Squadron during WW2. This annual event was organised by the 106 Squadron Families Association to enable families to come together and remember their relatives. This year the reunion coincided with the opening of our new Memorial Room which contains an exhibition of items that reflect the stories of, as well as forming a memorial to, those who served.
We were extremely lucky to have the ribbon cut by Bomber Command Veteran Flight Lieutenant Martin Catty, who served as a Navigator with 514 Squadron flying in Lancaster’s from November 1944 to the end of the war; serving on an amazing 40 operations. (You can hear Martin’s amazing story on the IBCC’s Digital Archive.) Martin was joined by his family and he and others joined with us in a ploughman’s lunch afterwards. During the day, the families shared their own relatives stories with other families and the research team, who had kindly provided the equipment to capture this invaluable information for the museum’s records. The day culminated in a short ceremony of remembrance. We thank everyone for attending as well as those who made the day the success it was. It was great to meet you all. Thank you.
Today, we had a great day at Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre (MAVC) as we hosted Creative Learning Services (CLS) and Museums Development East Midlands (MDEM). The learning team were taking part in the Engaging with Schools Programme, funded by MDEM, which has helped us to develop our learning programme for schools. As you can see one of our learning volunteers, Mike Kenedy, threw himself eagerly into the interactive leaning sessions led by Mary Sibson from CLS, showing us how role play adds to the immersive learning experience. Museum educators and volunteers from the National Trust’s Belton House and Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood, The National Civil War Centre, Creswell Craggs, as well as the learning team from MAVC enjoyed the activities. Today we focussed on a variety of topics such as the different ways children learn, how we can develop our learning programmes to use objects and grab learners’ attention (that’s not real blood on Mary and Mike’s aprons!) and how we can develop our learning programme by capitalizing on a range of different opportunities to help develop links with other organisations. We finished the day with a celebration of everyone’s progress on this year long project. Thanks to all at MDEM and CLS for a great year of support. Funding from MDEM has given MAVC the chance to purchase new props for our RAF Metheringham Experience Day, help us develop a more engaging schools programme and to devise new marketing materials. The learning team at MAVC will be continuing on the project for a second year; working with CLS and MDEM to further develop an outreach programme. Watch this space!