A new Cambridgeshire Aviation Heritage Trail website, cambsaviationheritage.org.uk, provides an "˜online trail' for tourists and enthusiasts to guide them to history "˜on the ground'. The launch of the site took place at Waterbeach Airfield recently and was hosted by Urban&Civic in the old WW2 control tower at the site.
The website provides details of all the best places to visit, explaining the history of the sites, how to get there and what can be seen when you visit. Some of the sites are already world famous, such as the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the Madingley Road Cemetery. Other lesser known sites are given prominence thanks to the new website, such as Witchford and Steeple Morden. The website also provides information about aviation events around the country and gives links to other relevant sources of information for those who want to know more. The project to create the website was the first of the Cambridgeshire Aviation Museums Forum (CAMF) which is open to anyone with an interest in the County's aviation history.
The idea for the trail stems from research carried out by Oliver Merrington from the Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum. Chris Jones, another expert from that Museum, carried out a huge amount of additional research and assisted in the construction of the website.
The County Council's Museums Partnership Officer Gordon Chancellor said: "We are immensely grateful to Chris and Oliver and all the other people who worked so hard to create this trail and especially to SHARE Museums East for the generous funding.
With the sad news of Oliver's death last week, this project is just one of the many contributions and legacies which will make a lasting difference to remembering the close history this county has with aviation history and the many sacrifices made by air and ground crews through the years."