‪De Havilland Aircraft Museum‬

تعليقات حول - ‪De Havilland Aircraft Museum‬, ‪London Colney‬

‪10:30 ص - 05:00 م‬
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Chris C
4 مساهمات
‪A hidden gem‬
أكتوبر 2021
‪Ask most aviation enthusiasts in the UK to name a bunch of museums, and whilst there will be some names that are guaranteed to appear in everyone's lists (Duxford, Hendon etc.), I suspect the name of this museum will feature on barely any. And, in one sense, that's a huge pity, because this is a museum that so deserves to be better known and visited. But in another sense, it's perhaps for the best that it isn't, because part of the charm of the place seems to be that it isn't one of the big names overrun by coach loads of tourists just doing the rounds of the usual museums.

Approaching the museum off the main road, you do begin to wonder if you've taken a wrong turn as you negotiate what feels like a private driveway into a country estate, but as you follow the road around, you're eventually faced with the museum itself - from this angle looking like a fairly small collection of buildings and a handful of aircraft on display next to the car park. Things start to look up as you enter the reception area and see the well stocked gift shop - whilst there are some of the usual items on sale (pens, rulers, small toys etc.) that you expect to see in every museum these days, the majority of what's on sale is clearly aimed at the enthusiast, with plenty of books related to de Havilland aircraft, a good selection of model kits suitable for all ages and skill levels, and some high quality items of clothing - t-shirts (one less in stock after my visit!), sweatshirts and jackets.

And then you pass through the doors at the far side of this area into the museum proper, to be confronted by the prototype Mosquito. And right next to it, another Mosquito. And then behind that, another... Just that sight alone is almost worth the admission price on its own, but as you explore further (and come to realise that the museum is somewhat larger than it first appeared), the quantity and quality of the exhibits on display just keep on impressing you with every corner turned - the entire history of the de Havilland company, including things you might not immediately associate as being part of the dH story - is represented in one way or another.

But what then makes the whole experience particularly impressive is the way the exhibits aren't put on show as sterile things to be admired from a polite distance, but are almost all just there for you to walk around as you please, to get up close, to run your hand along the smooth leading edge of a wing or get a good look at the innards of an equipment bay. With few exceptions, the only barriers are there more just to make sure you don't go tripping over a low-slung tailplane or suchlike that might otherwise catch you unaware - it's a VERY different experience to a lot of museums, hence my opening comment about the charm of the place, as I can't imagine they'd be able to operate in such a casual and open manner like this if the exhibits were being subject to thousands of people passing by every day.

It's also a quite difference experience when you get talking to one of the volunteers - there's no carefully rehearsed spiel about whichever thing you're looking at, it's all completely natural, like you're talking to a mate down the pub about something the two of you have a genuine and shared interest in. I'm not the sort of person who feels comfortable striking up conversation, yet I found myself happy to stand and chat for a while here - the whole atmosphere of how the place is run is just that welcoming.

I truly hope that they continue to strike just the right balance between getting enough people through the door to help them continue to fund the excellent work they're doing here preserving the legacy of one of Britain's great aviation companies, whilst still being able to operate in such an open and welcoming manner. A visit here is time very well spent, and long may that continue to be the case.‬
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Helen F
‪Waterlooville‬, UK3 مساهمات
‪Very friendly and knowledgeable guide‬
أكتوبر 2021
‪Great museum, with the opportunity to see, smell and handle many of the objects on display. Excellent information from the friendly and very knowledgeable guide made this a morning to remember.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 أكتوبر 2021
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Peter G
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‪Close-up and sometimes hands-on‬
أكتوبر 2021
‪Excellent museum - I only wish there were more like this. For a start there are, so far as I remember, no glass cases at all. Everything is out where you can see it - as part of our guided tour we were actually given a chance to pick up (feel the weight of) a Mosquito bullet proof windscreen and a Tiger Moth wing rib. There is a Merlin engine, much bashed and bent, presumably as it was dug up from some crash site, just sitting in a corner. It's all about the artefacts, not a polished "museum environment"

Recommendation: get in there and spend a few hours, before too many other people find out about it.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 أكتوبر 2021
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Bill15Q
‪The Cincinnati Region‬180 مساهمة
‪Nicely done!!‬
الأصدقاء • أكتوبر 2021
‪Really terrific museum with a group of dedicated volunteers. No less than three DH Mosquitoes, including the Prototype of the Mosquito family. We’ll worth a visit.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 12 أكتوبر 2021
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Bill15Q - Many thanks for your nice comments and pictures.
كُتب بتاريخ 18 أكتوبر 2021
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Ian P
مساهمة
‪A memorable aviation experience‬
سبتمبر 2021
‪I made my first visit since 1980 and was glad I did! Some excellent and interesting exhibits and very friendly and helpful staff. While the 3 Mosquitos are the stars of the show there are some rare gems in the rest of the collection. Paradise for aviation enthusiast.‬
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Many thanks for your review and comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
كُتب بتاريخ 21 سبتمبر 2021
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R W
30 مساهمة
‪Mosquito Heaven‬
سبتمبر 2021
‪Excellent museum , very helpful , knowledgeable staff / volunteers, if you want to know and see anything about the best WW2 aircraft .. The Mosquito .. this is the place to go .

The group visits , min 10, are well worth the extra .

Our guide was ex US naval aviator.. great character, plenty of relevant stories and other experts on hand if we had questions he couldn't answer .

Small independant museums need our support .. A Gem of a museum .‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 سبتمبر 2021
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Many thanks for your comments and review. I will pass your comments on to your guide. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.
كُتب بتاريخ 21 سبتمبر 2021
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A C
Derbyshire, United Kingdom34 مساهمة
‪Hidden Gem of a museum‬
سبتمبر 2021
‪This was a last minute addition to our itinerary, having only heard about the Museum through a social media post. We had never heard of it before, despite being avid fans and visitors of many of the larger aviation museums. What a hidden gem. As well as great exhibits and information panels - the volunteer staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. This Museum is clearly ran by people passionate about aviation and that passion and enthusiasm is evident throughout. A wonderful visit and a must see for any aviation enthusiast. The slightly high entry cost is negated when you see the excellent condition of the aircraft and the numerous restoration projects being undertaken - feels good to support such a great piece of British aviation history.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 5 سبتمبر 2021
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Many thanks for your comments and rating. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
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Simon D
‪Amersham‬, UK911 مساهمة
‪History and great story‬
بمفردك • أغسطس 2021
‪Not very well signposted nor advertised but is very much part of British Aviation history and has a lot of exhibits. I really enjoyed my time here and the staff who I believe are mainly volunteers were extremely knowledgable. Not an obvious place to visit as no wartime aerodrome on site. This was where the designs were made.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 24 أغسطس 2021
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Many thanks for your comments. You are correct sign posting is limited but you are only allowed so many brown signs by authorities. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.
كُتب بتاريخ 21 سبتمبر 2021
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Ian B
مانشستر, UK24 مساهمة
‪A real gem of a place.‬
أغسطس 2021
‪I must say that this is one of the best museums I have visited.

Located a short way (2 mins) off the M25 junction 22 makes for very easy access. The entrance road is a little on the narrow side and it takes you past the original Hall and buildings which set the period for the museum nicely (Note, these are not part of the museum). The carpark is small, but well laid out with a good surface, Disabled parking is available near the buildings.

There is a small shop with some good books, clothing and model kits with toys for the kids as well. a cafe is also in the entrance which can provide simple foods. Our visit was at the start of restriction easing from Covid, and the site has done a good job of keeping visitors safe.

The first building entered contains three Mosquito aircraft, the Prototype, and a bomber and fighter bomber variant. This covers the two more well known variants, but the displays also include some of the lesser known roles of this truly remarkable aircraft.

The second building(new build) contains many aircraft from the DeHavilland stable including between the war biplanes, autogiros before moving to the post war trainers and early jets. Above this is a small art gallery with some very good paintings related to aviation.

There is a third building of a tented construction which contains many artefacts, parts under restoration and many interesting items which, are fascinating and may benefit from their own display, or notices, to explain their significance and use.
There is also a small building where there is a DeHavilland Rapide undergoing restoration.

There are some aircraft which are in the open, some of which are showing wear and tear, but they are still of significant interest. It would be good if they could gain funding to move them under even partial cover to protect them in the future.

Finally I would like to take time to mention the staff. This small group of people are passionate about the place, exhibits and what they represent. If you take the time to speak to them, say hello, ask questions they are the most friendly and helpful people I have come across in a museum. In other establishments, the staff seem to treat visitors as an annoyance, here they will speak at length on any subject. They fully understand their charges and the history of the place and you can spend a longtime learning from them. You will greet them as a visitor, but you will feel that you are leaving a friend when you go. I cannot thank them enough for their time during my visit.

If you want to go to a museum where the buildings are clinical, the exhibits difficult to see, the staff aloof this is not the place for you.
If you want to visit a place of raw learning, incredible access all around the exhibits and friendly staff, I could not recommend it any higher.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 21 أغسطس 2021
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Many thanks for your very detailed review and nice words about our volunteers and staff. We do enjoy showing people around and sharing our knowledge and the odd little gem of relevant information. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Katie B
4 مساهمات
‪Pleasant museum‬
يوليو 2021
‪Was a great museum. Pleasantly surprised with the quite a few of the hangers and the interpretation and collection of mosquitos. The staff and volunteers are very pleasant. Good shop and simple café.

I thought the cost was a little expensive for an adult but the cost does keep the mosquitos in excellent condition.‬
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