Without Dr Christopher Roads, IWM Duxford as we know it today may never have existed. In an exclusive interview, he remembers the trials, tribulations, triumphs and tragedies of the museum’s pioneering days at the Cambridgeshire airfield
IWM DUXFORD’S EARLY DAYS
The single most important factor in the establishment of what is now IWM Duxford: a quirk of geographical fate. That might seem a strange statement, but not so. Had the Imperial War Museum’s former deputy director-general Dr Christopher Roads not grown up and lived nearby, the famous RAF fighter station might simply have gone to wrack and ruin, far from being developed into one of the world’s centres of aviation heritage.