Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Montrose

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The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is located to the North of Montrose, Angus, Scotland. Montrose has the distinction of having the first operational military airfield in Great Britain and the Heritage Centre is located on the former airfield. It aims to show the human side of its history with a collection of contemporary photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. These not only tell of the history of the airfield but also the story of the men and women who served there and those who lived in the area.The Air Station Heritage Centre is run by the Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust and is a registered Scottish charitable organisation. It is self-financing, relying on visitors fees and donations together with grants from local government and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The centre receives no regular financial support from local or national government.HistoryThe airfield was first opened on 1913 when five aircraft of No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps arrived. Montrose became the first operational military airfield in Great Britain and first military airfield in Scotland.The air station closed in 1920 but was reopened in 1935 for use in the Second World War. After the war the airfield continued to be used as a maintenance unit until it closed on 4 June 1952.In 1983 a group of local enthusiast banded together to ensure that the history of Montrose Air Station would not be forgotten. A local man, Ian McIntosh, established the Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust, now known as the Ian McIntosh Memorial Trust and money was raised by the Montrose Aerodrome Museum Society.
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  • August 11, 2017
    A leaflet for this Heritage Centre stimulated the idea of a trip to Montrose and as we walked around the exhibits we recognised that we had made an excellent choice. There was much information about t...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Nice place to visit. Friendly staff. Loved the poppy memorial and the hand knitted poppies were beautiful. Would recommend. It's only a fiver each. Loved the planes. And the 40's room.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is a wonderful heritage centre with lots of interesting things to see. The 1940s style house room was fascinating to see. Our two children enjoyed looking at all the war memorabilia and tried on ...  more »
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  • All those small, this heritage center is full of history. It was a great learning experience for the young ones.
  • Not As Boring As I Was Expecting, Liked The Man Fae The Model Shop The Best He Is A Good Laugh And I Had Fun Winding Him up
  • Despite appearing small this place has an amazing amount of memorabilia and a unique story.
  • Shadow of the base's former glory. Volunteers are very friendly and work hard to make it a worthwhile museum to visit.
  • Very surprised..wish I had allowed more time, fabulous dislay and extremely interesting..will be dack.

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