Aircraft: Cultural Heritage

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th June 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what support is available for the preservation of historic aircraft in the UK.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given nearly £60million in support of heritage aviation projects, including £3.5million to the preservation of individual historic aircraft. Following a grant of over £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge recently won the Permanent Exhibition Award at the 2018 Museums and Heritage Awards for its new Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed.

The Government also directly sponsors the IWM Duxford, the RAF Museum and the Science Museum Group, all of which feature historic aircraft as part of their collections. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight maintains aircraft of our national heritage in airworthy condition, operated by RAF personnel.

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