Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Headcorn

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum
4.5
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Jim S
1 contribution
Amazing museum, but had covid forced in my face
Jun 2021 • Friends
Museum was amazing, the exhibits where very in-depth and informational. Enjoyed the new display cases, they go very well. We haven't visited in a while since covid-19 started, but unfortunately, it was let down greatly by one of the volunteers out the front of the museum, who wouldn't stop talking about masks, social distancing and sanitizer. Came back to have a second look around, and the same person was still outside, doing the same thing while following people, so I decided to visit another day.
Written June 28, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to visit the Museum at the weekend and glad that you enjoyed your visit. We were disappointed to note that your visit was somewhat let down by the volunteer who was greeting visitors with his lengthy 'covid' message. We were saddened that you were not able to express your feelings about this to the Duty Manager who would have dealt with the issue swiftly and therefore you would have been able to make your return visit. Please rest assured that this issue will be addressed with the individual concerned and we hope that this experience will not deter you from visiting the museum again.
Written June 30, 2021
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wingate
London, UK2,306 contributions
Excellent war museum
Jun 2021 • Solo
I was on the area and very fortunate to find the museum open for an air show.
All of the pieces of aircraft had details of what plane they came from,the cause of the crash and the fate of the aircrew.Photography was allowed.
Written June 25, 2021
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Thank you for your review, we are pleased to note that you enjoyed your visit.
Written June 30, 2021
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Kevin P
1 contribution
Great Little museum
Jun 2021 • Solo
Great little museum, friendly staff lots to look at. If you are into looking at history then you need to visit if you are in the aera
Written June 19, 2021
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Thank you for your review, it is always pleasing to note that visitors appreciate the hard work that goes into running the Museum.
Written June 30, 2021
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Archie B
Preston, England, United Kingdom101 contributions
Disappointment
Jun 2021
I hate having to write this as I feel I am letting the many enthusiastic volunteers running the museum down but I was greatly disappointed. There is a preponderance of parts of destroyed aircraft parts, German and British, of which there are loads in Kent after ww2 but unless you are an expert in the minutiae of engine parts etc. you feel you are looking just at scrap metal. There are a few bits of interest outwith this but.... In addition the online searches gave a wrong impression one way or another and there are no outside exhibits such as preserved aircraft. etc. I want to encourage the folk running it but some serious re-curation is needed to make it more appealing to all, including families. Sorry guys but time to rethink!
Written June 13, 2021
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We were naturally concerned to read your recent posting and equally disappointed that we did not meet your expectations. By way of clarification, the core activity of the Museum has always been aviation archaeology and its interpretation for the benefit of visitors. As a result, a great deal of the exhibits feature items recovered from crash sites. However, we hope that visitors reading the interpretation cards, will gain a wider understanding of the conflict and its outcomes. There is an ongoing programme of enhancements to the cards to include images of pilots, crews etc that will serve to bring the stories to life. It would be really nice if the space were available for outside exhibits such as static aircraft, but space is at a premium on our site, as well as the aerodrome generally, and there seems little prospect of that situation changing. The Museum has recently undergone a restructuring and staff will be constantly considering ideas to improve the visitor offer and experience. Interestingly, this may include interactive areas that are popular with family groups. Thank you for taking the time to comment - it's appreciated.
Written June 16, 2021
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jek1102
London, UK47 contributions
Added Bonus on a great day out
Sep 2020
Visited this museum whilst attending The Battle of Britain event recently which was an added bonus. Very interesting, informative and well laid out. Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Particularly enjoyed seeing the piloted V1 Rocket
Written October 12, 2020
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Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 13, 2020
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
What a gem
Aug 2020
What a gem of a museum. There so much to see. So many parts of different aircraft; British, American and German. And with the story behind those items. In fact, there's so much information that it's hard to take it all in on just one visit (we will certainly be back). It's not too costly, so repeat visits are certainly affordable. It costs £2 to park on the airfield (but that's for all day) and, as there are (in these troubled times restricted) catering outlets (the Aerodrome Cafe and Wings Bar), you can easily spend the day here. You may also be there when aircraft are operating, which is a bonus (especially if one of these is a Spitfire).
Written August 17, 2020
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We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and are pleased to hear you will be returning. Not that we are bias 😉 but we also feel £2.00 to park all day in the airfield's car park is good value for money.
Written August 18, 2020
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661099 .
42 contributions
Why no photographs? Are you sharing the history or not?
Jul 2020
This museum used to be ok ,however, they have now got above themselves and think that they OWN the history and information of the area.

The first thing, why no photography?? most museums ,even the large National ones ,encourage photographs. If I want to go home and check something or undertake further research I now have to write the information down. I expect that would be banned as well?! No notebooks!

Also, and most importantly a lot of the information is incorrect. My family have lived here since before the war and my parents have clear memories of what happened , where and when in and around Headcorn. I could share that, however, unless the museum changes there attitude to privacy and who owns the 'information' I would not bother.
We will not return!
Written August 10, 2020
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The Lashenden Air Warfare Museum does allow photography so I am confused and concerned that you have been given the wrong impression. All our volunteers know that visitors can take photos and write notes if required so please advise me via the Museum's email address a description of the person who told you otherwise, the email is lashendenairwar@gmail.com
Written August 10, 2020
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samual Adams
Maidstone, UK1 contribution
Dissapointed
Aug 2020 • Couples
Was a lovely museum with very well designed exhibits, but the shop was rather messy , and wasnt impressed at an elderly man in the paying kiosk shouting and swearing at a female member of staff. I would not recommend for that reason.
Written August 6, 2020
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Charchie
14 contributions
What you expect!
Aug 2020 • Couples
A great little find in the Kent countryside. So much information to take in, and lots of recovered parts from British, German and American planes. Each with a backstory of the pilot and the circumstances that led to their demise, capture or discovery. If anything there was almost too much information not always clearly linked to the artefacts on display. Very generously priced for the content on display. (£3p.p)
Written August 1, 2020
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Thank you for your kind words. The Volunteers will be pleased to hear that their efforts have not been in vain. Kind regards
Written August 2, 2020
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Luddite 1958
3 contributions
Well worth a fairly long drive
Jul 2020
An excellent museum. I went there mainly to see the Focke-Achgelis and the piloted V1 they have, which are both almost unique artefacts, but I found the displays of 'wreckology', really interesting too. Each object has its own information sheet with a description of which plane it came from and where it was found. Some also and have other background info, such as one object's connection with Ronald Regan and Marilyn Monroe. I thought I'd find this sort of thing tedious, but the it became quite absorbing. For example, one part was from a plane flown by Paul Richey, and I just happen to be reading his book 'Fighter Pilot' at the moment.
An excellent day out and they only charged me £1 as I'm a over 60. Unbelievable, so I made a donation too.
Written July 23, 2020
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