The newly launched Military Aviation Heritage Networks (MAHN) are regionally based groups of organisations that bring together those who care about aviation heritage, its conservation, commemoration, display and sustainability. Inspired in part by the IHSO project, the MAHN is funded by Historic England and the MAHN development project is managed by Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.
The initiative began with 11 Group Heritage Network in the South East of England and the MAHN project is keen to establish further networks in other regions during 2020/21 and promote the activities existing aviation networks.
The aim of the Military Aviation Heritage Networks is to provide regional ‘peer to peer’ support, discuss common issues, develop mutually beneficial projects and share best practice. They are open to people who manage and operate the c. 200 publicly accessible aviation heritage sites, memorials, museums and attractions devoted to military (and civilian) aviation history in England.
The Military Aviation Heritage Networks development programme aims to publicise existing networks where they already exist and establish new regional networks where they are needed. The MAHN programme is working on compiling a database of all publicly accessible aviation heritage sites in the UK and working on developing heritage trails to encourage visitors to visit a number of aviation heritage sites in an area.
If you are involved in an aviation heritage heritage site, museum or organisation and would be interested in joining or establishing a group in your area, the MAHN team would like to here from you. You can get via the MAHN co-ordinator, Dr Toby Butler at: firstname.lastname@example.org