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RAFM Hendon visit 27-12-2018

AviationPosted by Gary Sat, December 29, 2018 13:00:18
Rare outing to RAF Museum Hendon and Old Warden 27-12-2018 and all snaps were taken with a 'box-standard' Samsung Galaxy 5 mobile phone : Regards Gary.



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Posted by Marcus Wed, January 02, 2019 18:38:45

Thanks for sharing pics/comments Gary - good to see you back :)

Posted by Gaz Tue, January 01, 2019 12:20:36

A museum director with vision and at the same time ask visitors what they thought of their experience but not just a piece of paper with a few general questions to tick a few boxes that tell the museum what they need to hear against what they would like to hear. A large box area for visitors to be open and honest and that the museum takes notice of any comments and implements any opinions instead of brushing the public aside which seems to be the case. Hendon has lost its way clearly and feels like a ship in the channel that's lost power and are awaiting the RNLI.

Posted by Peter Tue, January 01, 2019 00:54:57

I think half the problem these days, not just for Hendon, is trying to appeal to the 30 second attention span brigade. It depresses me in museums the number of people that do not make the effort to actually look at exhibits properly. So museums try to change to address this and end up losing their way and ending up with something that doesn't please anyone. Sadly I don't have the answer either. Perhaps I don't even know what I'm talking about!

Posted by Gaz Mon, December 31, 2018 23:04:30

I asked a guide if after the RAF 100 year bash was over and done with, would the museum return to some kind of order or re-vamp ? The guide said 'no idea' . Bearing in mind the once white-coated walls of the BoB Museum have now been painted matt/satin black and costing a few bob in the process, I suspect that will remain and as it is now the museum has electric 'spotlight's' costing a packet to run lighting the aircraft up. Now if they had put an extra set of window at the other end of the hangar from the Sunderland V and retained the white walls plus solar panels on the roof maybe things would get better. A second-floor decking might have been an idea instead of hanging stuff from the roof. But considering the museum is always knocking brings in to question as to who's calling the shots here, the MoD who own the buildings or has the MoD given the current director a free hand to do what he or she considers is best for the museum. I thought the museum was set up to tell the story of the RFC through to the RAF of the past years to present day. But okey I can understand the Graham White Hangar with all the first world war aircraft in it which is what they have done but when it comes to the 'Empire' era 1920-1938 its strewn all over the place. no Bristol Bulldog then Hawker Hart/Hind/Afghan then Supermarine Southampton (still without a set of wings) in some kind of order then on the Spitfire Hurricane Typhoon era then Vampire/Venom Meteor age and so on and so on. The Don Cashmore Sopwith Tabloid flying replica has vanished along with the Vickers Vimy. The Hawker Afghan is at stafford. Wellington is still at Cosford taking nearly as long as AR501 and the first one back from restoration will be the Lysander being re-covered as we speak. But I think it will be in the mix and badly match for a few years yet and again it's not my shout so meantime it's 'suck it and see' time.

Posted by Peter Mon, December 31, 2018 09:16:52

I think it was a Flypast article I read recently about the 'new' museum. It certainly left me feeling that it sounded better before the improvements.

Posted by Gaz Sun, December 30, 2018 11:15:01

Happy New Year to you all too. What I think of the general condition of the RAF Museum Hendon at this moment in time I'll keep to myself in case people think I'm being 'Beastly' to the RAF Museum Hendon and it's directorship. Lets just say it's not the place of old and I'm concerned about it's future.

Posted by tony brockett Sun, December 30, 2018 10:23:40

Lovely shots and thanks for sharing Gary. Happy New Year to all.

Posted by Workshy Joe Sat, December 29, 2018 22:58:05

Wot, no /\'s?

HNY Gaz!