The team here at the R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives Educational and Heritage Centre hope that you all had a very pleasant and happy New Year.
It was nice catching up with relatives, friends and also the various visitors that came by to have a look around the various Archive areas.
The month of January started relatively quiet ( mainly due to the weather ) but there is always plenty to get on with behind the scenes - paperwork, cataloguing, re-arranging exhibits, etc. but never too busy to stop and have a chat and a cup of tea.
The Archives received several donations of aviation books and in particular some items from a family who's father was in the Royal Army Medical Corps which consisted of medical books going back to the First World War. There was also a quantity of Second World War Army Maps of Europe plus items of German personal equipment.
Our latest acquisition is a 1950 / 1960's ex R.A.F. Airborne Lifeboat Trailer which needed rescuing from a local boatyard. This is now at the Educational and Heritage Centre awaiting refurbishing. More details to follow as and when research of ' type and photographs, etc. ' can be obtained.
January finished with a School Educational visit by two Primary Schools that combined, making thirty six children and four adults from the Landscove area. They had a very full and informative day ( the weather could have been a bit better ) but we made the best of it. We were very impressed with the behaviour, politeness and respect for the volunteers, school staff and the artefacts they were shown. Certainly a credit to the school.
Another group of twelve family and friends booked in for a Saturday talk on R.A.F. Harrowbeer and viewing of the artefacts lasting from 1000 am until 330 pm.
Starting with tea / coffee and cake - talk - packed lunch - viewing - more tea / coffee - home. A great day had by all.
February is set to be a fairly busy month with two School Educational visits by :- Horrabridge Primary and Hooe Primary Academy.
Please contact us if you want to visit ( out of opening times ) or discuss a visit.
Michael Hayes telephone 01822 853679
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We at the ' Knightstone / R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives, Educational and Heritage
Centre ' would like to take this opportunity to wish all our followers a very
' Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year '
The Heritage Centre is open after Christmas from
Wednesday the 3rd of January 2024
( Wednesdays and Sundays or by appointment )
when we look forward to meeting anybody interested in the history of
R.A.F. Harrowbeer or for a hot drink and a piece of cake.
We are always interested a chat, maybe you have a wartime / blitz story
that you would like to share with us.
Thank you for your support Michael
We at the Heritage Centre have been fairly busy during the months of October and November with various Primary School visits from as far as Newton Abbot and Totnes.
The groups vary between twenty five and thirty six children plus teachers and assistants.
The children have a full and very busy day listening to information and looking at original World War Two artefacts in a controlled environment. After they have had their packed lunch we have a session outside on the old airfield before the group return back to school.
For more information and a typical days programme please go to website pages :-
Educational Visits or contact Michael Hayes on telephone :- 01822 853679
The Heritage Centre also welcomes groups and organisations who want to learn about R.A.F. Harrowbeer and it's role in the Second World War.
On Monday the 16th October 2023 R.A.F. Harrowbeer celebrates it's 80th Anniversary of when No.193 Squadron received nine Typhoon aircraft from money raised by the
' Fellowship of the Bellows of Brazil '.
More information is available in the pages on this website titled
' The archives 80 years ago '.
A large amount of material is also available for viewing in the R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives on No.193 Squadron and also ' The Fellowship of the Bellows '.
The Archives are open Wednesdays and Sundays or by appointment.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - AUGUST the 19th and 20th 2023
OVER THIS WEEK-END WILL BE HELD THE
" THE R.A.F. HARROWBEER 1940'S WEEK-END ".
The " R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archive Educational and Heritage Centre "
will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am until 17.00 pm.
There will be stalls in the car park under marquees selling books, . sweatshirts, aviation related items, toys, games, bric-a-brac and
various other items of interest.
The grounds will be open showing the ' Anderson Shelter, Morrison Shelter,
Air Raid Warden's Post, Airborne Lifeboat, Spitfire Cockpit and Museum
( in the garage ) besides cabinets etc. inside the Tea Rooms.
Hot and cold drinks, pre-packed cakes and biscuits
available inside the Tea Rooms.
Any questions regarding R.A.F. HARROWBEER and the ARCHIVES, MUSEUM, ETC. please ask for the Archivist - Michael or Lucy Hayes in the Tea Rooms,
or telephone :- 01822 853679
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There is always lots to see and do with various stalls, re-enactors, music, singing and food outlets. Please come and support this locally organised event.
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THE ARCHIVE, EDUCATIONAL AND HERITAGE CENTRE
April was a very busy month for the Centre with lots of re-arranging of cabinets and artrefacts with Spring cleaning going on inside the Tearooms and Museum. There is still plenty to do in trying out new layouts and putting out items that may not have been seen before. It is always great to hear visitors feedback and is always taken on board. Please talk to Michael ( the Archivist ) if you have any comments or suggestions.
There has been a few items donated by various visitors that are either connected with the R.A.F. or the Second World War. After these have been catalogued they will be put out on show.
There is a lot of back-ground research going on by one of our researchers on some World War One medals and artefacts that have been purchased locally. The story behind some of these items is amazing. When the research is complete the findings will be available for anyone interested to come and view.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, i am always glad to meet and talk to anyone interested in our history - Michael
Please note :- the Archives, Educational and Heritage Centre will be closed on Easter Sunday but open on Easter Monday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
The R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archive, Education and Heritage Centre is becoming very popular on its Wednesday and Sunday openings with a lot of interested individuals and families wanting to find out what happened in this area of Yelverton.
We finished the month of February with a visit of thirty schoolchildren from an Ivybridge School who were working with the Dartmoor National Park Rangers carrying out scrub clearance and litter picking for the day on the 28th.
Three groups of ten children and adults came over to the Centre in turn to hear about the history of this area and view World War Two artefacts.
A fantastic day of outdoor learning for the children.
On Saturday the 18th March we have a local group of adults spending the day at the Centre. We shall be starting with a talk on the aerodrome and its history followed by viewing the artefacts / museum / etc. and finishing with a walk around part of the aerodrome.
If you are a school teacher or member of a group that would like to arrange a visit for your club or organisation please contact Michael Hayes on 01822 853679.
We are now entering our third month at R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archives promoting the Education and Heritage Centre new venture.
Since the 1st December 2022 we have played host to four local primary schools who spent the day learning about rationing, gas masks, air raid shelters, etc. finishing up with an exercise on the airfield before returning back to school.
There have been two visits by children working with the Dartmoor National Park on the airfield for a one hour visits each and there have been a considerable amount of individuals ( local and tourist ).
The ' Centre ' is open on Wednesdays and Sundays serving hot and cold drinks with pre-packed cakes and biscuits.
If you would like to find out more or to book a visit please contact me on - telephone 01822 853679. Archivist - Michael Hayes
We welcome - schools, groups and individuals by appointment.
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The Archivist Michael Hayes and his wife Lucy would like to
wish all our website followers a very
Merry Christmas an a Happy New Year
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We are now open under our new heading and venture and have already had five primary schools visit us for a days activities with another school due later in the month.
If your school or group ( young or old ) would like to visit the Centre get in touch and we will send you our ' School Education Pack '. Days, times and activities can be tailored to suit your needs.
Contact the Archivist - Michael Hayes
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or
Telephone - 01822 853679
After careful consideration and being unable to find a new tenant to run the ' Knightstone Tearooms ' we have decided to re-open as ' R.A.F. Harrowbeer Archive, Educational and Heritage Centre ' from the 1st of December 2022. Our opening times will be Wednesdays 10.00 am until 04.00 pm and Sundays from 11.00 am until 04.00 pm. We can also open to groups and individuals outside of these times by arrangement. Telephone - 01822 853679 Archivist - Michael Hayes.
For further information call the above telephone number.
RAF Harrowbeer Archives, Education & Heritage Ctr
Knightstone, Crapstone Road, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6BT GB
Archivist - Michael Hayes 01822 853679
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