After months of hard work, the interior of the Army Flying Museum is on the home straight of a £2.59m makeover that is set to transform the visitor experience. The Middle Wallop, Hampshire-based centre is due to reopen in April with new exhibits, better lighting, a host of interactives and audio visual displays. Delivery of the project has been undertaken by a combination of volunteers and contractors, with one of the major tasks being to redisplay the aircraft collection, led by volunteer engineers.
Army Flying Museum curator Susan Lindsay, said: “The history of army flying is interesting, it’s dynamic, it relates to events all over the world, it’s got some great personal stories associated with it, and we’ve got a really good collection to help us tell that story. In terms of interpretation we will be providing information panels for general visitors, but we’ll also be having touch-sensitive screens which will display a wealth of material from our archives.
“We represent a unit that is very active and still writing history to this very day and it’s important for us to tell that story right up to date. And, therefore, for our operations from 1950s onwards, we will have new graphic panels, screens showing footage, showcases with new objects being brought out, and we’re running an exciting oral history project whereby we’re gathering reminiscences from members of the army aviation community. One of the things we’re particularly excited about is a brand new immersive audio visual presentation that tells the story of the attack helicopter, it will bring that story to light in a dynamic way.” The museum will reopen to the public at 10am on Monday 1 April. www.armyflying.com