Thameside Aviation Museum

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the Thameside Aviation Museum based at Coalhouse Fort Essex will not be opening in the foreseeable future, once I have further information I will endeavour to bring you all up to date.

As of today the collection is safe and sound but there may have to be disposal of some of the larger parts if a suitable manageable home cannot be found.

We were hoping to have the museum open during the 2020 anniversary of The Battle of Britain.

No decisions  will be taken until all avenues have been investigated.

For those who have not been able to see the collection it has large displays of excavated crashed aircraft mainly from WWII including Spitfire R6625 , Hurricanes V6685 , P3518, P47, P51, P38, B17, B26, JU88, Me 109  , Me110 and many more artifacts.

 

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Sad news to hear, lets hope the future improves for the museum. Its always sad when a museum has to sell off its collection, fingers crossed its not the case here. 

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It's very sad, we have been at the same place since 1984 and getting all the bits together since 1973 with two original members from 73 still active but along with age and no one to take over the latest bit of news pretty much leaves us with very little choices.

 

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This is very sad to read, as i would visit the Thameside aviation museum at least once a year a fantastic display that tells the human side and courage of WW2 aviation. 

I just hope that the collection if sold ends up in another museums collection, lets just hope that the museum can still be saved.

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Update.

Today was the final AGM of The Coalhouse Fort Project and charity that has been running the day to day workings and upkeep of Coalhouse Fort for just a few months  short of 36 years but today has been dissolved, the charity will obviously have a lot of paperwork to do now.

Our museum was a private collection within the fort mainly made up of aviation archaeological excavations and the process of moving it starts as soon as we can get access.

The name of will now change from The Thameside Aviation Museum  to we think The Essex Historical Aircraft Collection, in fact virtually the name we started with in 1973. A new website will also be built to make sure the history of the aircraft and crews can be kept in the public domain.

Further updates will follow in due course 

 

Thank you Hawker 1966 for your kind words

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Didn’t the Whitley Project have an exhibit within the Thameside Aviation Museum

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Yes he has a fair bit of Whitley, this is safe and sound and can be moved at a later date,  I believe he is otherwise engaged at the moment. 

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Colin

Ive sent you a message 

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Replied Jamie.

Thank you for your kind words.

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Colin, for some reason I am unable to private message you. Can you please contact me at bdsmith337@gmail.com we spoke before but I am trying to get back in touch with you regarding Dwight Belt and the P-47. 

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Update March 200. 

Good morning one and all, thank you for all the kind messages texts emails received regarding closure of the 'Thameside Aviation Collection' we are ongoing with removing artifacts and cataloging everything as removed and packed, it's still going to be a few months work yet. Contrary to rumours we are not selling the collection off all the historic item are going into storage for the foreseeable future and the non display items some are being kept but most disposed of but again mostly at a later date. The Few items loaned to is will be returned to the original owners, not really many but already parts have been returned.

As stated before we hoped to open in 2020 for the Battle of Britain 80th anniversary and at the end of 2020 we had all ready decided to close  as we are all to old now oldest being 86, 67, 63 i think due to Covid19 it would of been impossible to open this year anyway.

You may notice a few items pop up on auction sites we need to fund this move but we are limiting to parts held by members but not on the museums collection list .

I will give further update soon .

Best wishes 

Colin