One of the critical aspects of preserving aviation history is to record the stories of the people who actually lived it, to capture the living voices of these participants as they describe what they experienced. While the aircraft – the enduring physical artifacts – are important to us all, they would essentially be meaningless without the human stories that accompany them. This is why programs such as the Royal Air Force Museum’s RAF Stories project are so important. The museum has been actively capturing the reminiscences of both former and acting service-members for our collective benefit, and is set to do so in a big way across Britain during their RAF Stories Big Weekend! event over the first weekend of November (see press release below). Even if you can’t make it to one of the venues, there is a free cell phone app which you can use to record your story remotely. This is a great idea, and something which should be emulated elsewhere…
Join us for the RAF Stories Big Weekend!
Date: 2-3 November 2019
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: RAF Museum Cosford / RAF Museum London / participating venues
The Royal Air Force Museum is teaming up with venues across the country for the ‘RAF Stories Big Weekend’, a national story collecting event capturing local stories relating to the Royal Air Force. Taking place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November, the RAF Museum aims to capture hundreds of stories with the help of participating venues and events at both its Cosford and London sites.
Whether you’re a veteran, current serviceman or servicewoman, an air cadet or have family links to the RAF, whatever your connection, however big or small, you’re invited to attend and share your favorite anecdotes at a venue near you.
RAF Museum Community Engagement Officer – RAF Stories, Jess Boydon said:
“We are extremely grateful to all the participating venues for hosting one the RAF Stories Big Weekend events. With venue’s up and down the country taking part, it’s easier for members of the public to get involved and ensure their RAF memories are captured. Whether its stories about courage, love, tragedy, friendship, bravery, triumph, humour and everything in between, we hope people will find their local participating venue and take up the opportunity to share their story with us.
Over the last two years, the RAF Museum has recorded hundreds of stories now available online for the public to view. By working together with other venues, the Museum is able to widen its reach and together this catalogue of stories will expand and enrich peoples understanding of the RAF today.”
RAF Stories is a global oral history project which digitalizes and makes accessible engaging, historical and contemporary stories of people’s personal connections to the RAF and the service’s influences on their lives.
All stories captured over the RAF Stories Big Weekend will then be uploaded to the RAF Stories website for audiences around the world to hear first-hand some of the inspirational and ground-breaking recollections from former RAF personnel and their families about their RAF journey.
Whether you have one anecdote or ten to share, join us at the RAF Museum Cosford and RAF Museum London on 2 and 3 November between 10.00am and 4.00pm, or search for your nearest venue on our website rafmuseum.org