‘Historic Duxford’ is an exciting new exhibition and historic site trail which tells the story of everyday life on the RAF airfield from 1918 to 1961.
Museum staff worked closely with blind and partially sighted people to ensure that they are able to enjoy a visit just as much as their sighted companions. An audio tour specifically designed for people with sight loss provides audio description and guidance.
A vivid picture emerges right at the start with Duxford’s veterans talking about the airfield and what it meant to them. ‘It was where I met my wife,’ says one. ‘I joined the RAF, truthfully, because the only alternative was going down a coal mine,’ says another.
There are hands-on activities to have a go at and on display are real and replica items to touch. Run your hands over a flying helmet or try on a replica of the jacket worn by Duxford’s most famous pilot, Douglas Bader, who lost his legs in a flying accident before the Second World War but became an outstanding fighter pilot during the conflict. Pack a pilot’s brain with knowledge to find out what a First World War pilot said about flying, or explore a tactile model of the airfield with audio explaining all about how the site worked.
Complementing the ‘Historic Duxford’ exhibition is a heritage trail around the historic site itself with eight interactive posts. At each post you can hear an audio description of the location written by Vocaleyes, the leading organisation devoted to audio-description of the arts. You can also listen to audio memories from Duxford veterans as they share fascinating personal stories about what happened to them in those exact locations.
If you would like to find out more about Duxford’s eventful past and fascinating people our staff will be pleased to help with your visit. Entry to the ‘Historic Duxford’ exhibition and trail is included in admission to IWM Duxford and there is no charge for the audio tour. Admission for a blind or partially sighted adult is £14.00 (£12.70 excluding voluntary contribution) and sighted companions are admitted free.
For a full list of admission prices, opening times and any additional information please telephone 01223 835000 or visit our website www.iwm.org.uk