Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) already has excellent education resources available on this site and is a popular venue with schools. We have provided further activities on the Home Front but there are also science activities on aircraft design, communication, the weather and flight that will help teachers prepare for a visit.
Monday to Saturday (Closed on Sundays)
Wintertime (October-Easter) 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm)
Summertime (Easter-October) 10am-5pm (Last entry 4pm)
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) is a recreation of wartime RAF East Kirkby. It has many exhibits from the Second World War including:
- an aircraft Hangar, home to Lancaster ‘Just Jane’
- displays on the Home Front
- Blitz Street
- an Escape Museum
- a multi-denominational chapel
- a Control Tower.
The Lancaster has been restored so it can now taxi down what remains of the airfield’s runway.
Ideal age range for visits
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) attracts aviation enthusiasts and the families of people who fought in the Second World War. It is best suited to children aged 7 and above, although all ages are welcome.
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) provides education resources and welcomes teachers to preview the site before visits. There are no dedicated education staff on site to lead school visits but staff are very knowledgeable and willing to help teachers to plan their visit. There are education resources on the Home Front and there is a Treasure Trail, which is a fun way for young people to get the most out of a visit to the site.
What is unique about this venue?
Fred and Harold Panton created Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) in memory of their brother Christopher who was killed during the War. After visiting Christopher’s grave in Germany they decided to create a permanent memorial to their brother and the 55,000 men from Bomber Command who lost their lives. Although Lincolnshire had 46 wartime airfields very little remains to tell the story of what happened here. Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) is full of stories about the Second World War and teachers can visit the centre to find out about:
- Life on the Home Front
- Bomber Command
- Wartime Escapees
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) gives a great impression of what a wartime airfield might have looked like. The Heritage Centre is made up of:
- The Hangar, the home of ‘Just Jane’, the imposing Avro Lancaster NX611, it also houses several airfield vehicles and memorabilia.
- The original Control Tower restored to how it would have looked in the Second World War.
- In the pilot’s briefing room, children can listen to some of Churchill’s speeches.
- There are maps, information boards, rosters, battle order and target sites.
- There is a multi-denominational chapel, which was first opened to the public in January 1999. The chapel is dedicated to all aircrew of 57 and 630 Squadrons.
- An Escape Museum houses records, photographs and memorabilia of various societies that were set up after the war by survivors of amazing escapes.
- The NAAFI acts as a café.
- There is a World War II blast shelter.
- There is a Street at War, which shows the results of a bombing raid on an ordinary street.
- Control Tower
- Hangar containing a Lancaster Bomber which can taxi along the runway
- Escape Museum
- NAAFI (café and shop)
- WWII Blast shelter
- Lancaster Bomber
- The Blitz exhibit
- Ample car parking
- It is a large site with lots of different buildings.
Monday to Saturday CLOSED ON SUNDAYS Wintertime (October-Easter)
10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) Summertime (Easter-October)
10am-5pm (Last entry 4pm) NORMAL ADMISSION PRICES
Adults – £7.00
Senior Citizens – £6.00
Children (6- 15 yrs) – £3.00
Under 5’s – FREE
Please note that these are our normal prices – if we are having special displays such as the Spitfire flying display or fireworks/pyrotechnics display then we have to raise the prices, usually by about £1.50 for adult & Senior Citizens prices.
Please ring the Museum on 01790 763207 to confirm prices for any special events.
Admission for special events
Child (6-15yrs) – £3.50
Under 5- Free
Admission for educational visits
Teachers/ teaching assistants etc – Free
Child – £2.50