Seething Control Tower Museum looks to the future

After running several successful public events at the preserved, wartime Seething Tower in Norfolk, the volunteer-led museum is seeking new committee members to help take its work further in 2020.

All images COURTESY JAMES BARBER

“We are actively looking at everything with a view to the long-term,” chairman James Barber told Key.Aero. “That’s the lease, constitution, charity status and membership. It has been hard at times, but we are seeing the fruits of the hard work now.

“Our membership is relaunching as The Friends of Station 146 Tower Association; it is the culmination of a lot of work and dedication. We have a new chapel, having converted one of the rooms to accommodate it. We also have a new leaflet, website, an updated Facebook and Instagram page to complete the line-up of changes being accomplished. 

“In the past 12 months this museum has seen a lot of changes and challenges, but with determination we are overcoming them. We are throwing out the “we can’t do that” and replacing it with a “we can and we will”. We are looking at ensuring the future of this museum, this memorial, for the future. We would like to make it more family friendly too, so that it’s somewhere where those interested in aviation and our history will want to bring others.”

The airfield, formerly RAF Seething, is located around 9 miles south east of Norwich. The base was home to the USAAF’s 448th Bombardment Group during World War Two, and the restored control tower – now the Seething Control Tower Museum – is preserved as a tribute to all those who served at the airfield during the war years. A list of forthcoming open days can be found on the museum’s website – the next one is on Sunday, May 3, from 10am to 5pm. There’s also likely to be an event on the anniversary of VE Day, May 8 – keep an eye on the website for more details. www.station146seething.uk www.facebook.com/448bombgroup