THE London Colney-based de Havilland Aircraft Museum has launched a crowd funding initiative to boost donations to its million pound- plus expansion project. As part of its application for a £1.5-million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the museum must raise £700,000 in match funding.
Museum marketing director Mike Nevin said, “Many thousands of people, from both the UK and other countries, visit the museum each year. By introducing crowd funding we are not only giving them the opportunity to help restore and preserve the work of Britain’s world-leading aircraft producer, but also reaching out to give everyone the opportunity to help us make our project a reality.”
The money is needed to fund a large new hangar, to enable more of the DHAM’s 20 or so historic de Havilland aircraft to finally be given protection from the weather. It will include a learning centre and events space, as part of the museum’s programme of closer involvement with local schools and the community.
Nevin added: “It is important that the enormous contribution de Havilland made not only to aviation but also to the Hatfield area where it was a major employer is recognised and preserved for future generations.”