New Zealanders put Fenland museum on the national tourist map

Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech. Enthusiasts visiting from New Zealand. Picture:

Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech. Enthusiasts visiting from New Zealand. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A museum on the edge of Wisbech was the destination for a group of tourists from New Zealand who are on a six week trip visiting World War Two sites across the UK and France.

Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech. Enthusiasts visiting from New Zealand. Picture:

Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Wisbech. Enthusiasts visiting from New Zealand. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The tour has run in the UK before visiting famous sites like Duxford and Bentley Priory, the HQ of the RAF in WW2, but it is the first time they have called into the Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum.

Bill Welbourne, secretary, said: “The difference with our museum is that it has a personal touch. It is run by volunteers who have the passion for telling some of the wonderful stories about what we have on display here to bring it all to life.

“The visitors said it was the first museum where they were able to climb into the cockpit and really feel a part of the tour - it’s not every day you get to sit in a Lightning.

“We do this for the love and I think that comes across when people visit us.


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Musuem members are currently looking into getting Lottery funding in order to expand.

A parcel of farm land for the proposal has been offered by Wisbech Town Council about 200 yards from the current site.

• Visit the museum on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sunday or Bank Holidays from 9.30am to 4.30pm Group visits on other days by prior arrangement

• Volunteers are available to give talks to interested groups and clubs.

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