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Date:Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Cost:£22.00 (Seniors) £23.75 (Adults) Non U3A members add £2.50
Pick up points:Crab and Winkle, Werrington at 7.40, Bretton Centre at 7.50, Thorpe Meadows at 8.00. Return to Peterborough about 19.00.
Booking deadline:12 May 2108
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At Easter 1990, the museum opened its first Aircraft Display Hall to the public and the second in November 2004. The museum is an Accredited Museum and VAQAS quality standard and is one of the largest volunteer managed aviation museums in Great Britain.

The museum aims to acquire items illustrating the history and development of aviation both military and civilian with specific interest in the following areas: Training aircraft - local connections with Flying Training;

Aircraft showing development of the Jet Fighter / Bomber in the Post War period, RAF and FAA;

Private aircraft significant to the development of the type and represent unique examples which otherwise would be destroyed;

Also included -engines, internal and external components of same, uniforms, aviation artefacts and aviation memorabilia, plus equipment used for the maintenance of aircraft and running airfields, both military and civilian including fire prevention equipment and memorabilia showing the history of RAF Winthorpe, RAF Balderton, both Maintenance Units situated in the town of Newark during and after the Second World War.

We will aim to spend approximately 2½ hours at this museum before the coach takes into Newark town for a visit to the National Civil War Museum, after a suitable lunch break.

The Civil War was Britain's deadliest conflict and one which shaped our modern world. The museum aims to demonstrate: why brother took up arms against brother and how a once all-powerful monarch lost his head to the axe man?

Discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges by dodging cannon fire, hammering flat family silver to make coins, only for plague to ravage the town. Put yourself on the front line, feel the weight of armour and weapons and aim to destroy the Governor’s House as a Parliamentarian gunner. It has been said: “Newark's capitulation signalled the end of the First Civil War and within three years King Charles was executed by Parliament”.

It is an extraordinary tale, reflecting the bitterness, despair and bravery of the conflict. When the Royalists initially debated their King's order to surrender Newark, the defiant Mayor said it was better to “Trust in God and Sally Forth.” This is still remembered today and has become the town's motto. Amazingly, despite the huge significance of the British Civil Wars, there is nowhere in the UK which tells the complete story.  Royalists and Parliamentarians are both welcome to visit us at the National Civil War Centre!

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