Museum’s appeal for makeover volunteers

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 October 2015

The control tower

The control tower


A WESTON-SUPER-MARE museum is appealing for help to restore a dilapidated building and transform it into a history exhibition.

The Helicopter Museum, based in Locking Moor Road, is looking for volunteers to help complete its renovation of the control tower and pilot block (pictured).

Earlier this year the museum received £138,000 of funding from the Coastal Community Fund to restore the 1930s structure.

When it first received the funding in January the museum said the improved facilities would help to create 16 new jobs as new events are created and the historical research work expands.

Chairman of the museum’s trustees Elfan Ap Rees said: “It will further improve the visitor and educational aspects at the museum, along with creating new jobs and opportunities for the area.”

The museum is looking for skilled volunteers to lend a hand in the restoration project.

People with practical skills such as painting, carpentry or grounds maintenance are needed to help bring the old building back to life.

The museum, which is also a charity, is also asking businesses to donate building materials.

Once the building is complete it will be used to display exhibitions relating to the history of aviation – not just helicopters.

The museum’s curators are looking for people who worked at Westland, RAF Locking or the Weston Airfield to share their knowledge, stories or photos to add to the exhibition.

It is hoped the restored building will open at the end of next year.

If you would like to donate some time, materials or historical knowledge to the project, contact Alison Page on 07341 836097 or email

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