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The Museum remains closed, with the contents in storage. We hope move back into the former Barracks Museum building during the summer of 2015 - a press release will be issued. The Curator's contact details are below.

The Trustees continue to meet regularly. They are: Adrian Wright (chairman), Alan Shipp (treasurer), Clive Hill (514 Squadron association), Robert Stripe, David Adamson and Dave Hornby.  The Curator also attends these meetings.

Museum saved by villagers

The fate of Waterbeach Barracks Museum was put in the balance when the Ministry of Defence decided in July 2011 to close Waterbeach Barracks. The barracks and airfield site - it is to be sold for housing – closed on 31 March 2013.

The Museum was set up to commemorate the men and women who served at RAF Waterbeach from its opening in 1941 until 1966, and those in the Army - 39 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers - who took over the airfield buildings and runways, from 1966 to 2012.

The search is now on to find a new home for the collection of documents, artefacts and photos, much of it donated by members of the RAF’s 514 Squadron, who flew Lancasters from Waterbeach during the Second World War. Veterans from the squadron return to the village every summer for a reunion, and hope to continue this tradition. The whole museum collection is now in safe & dry storage, outside the barracks. 

The Barracks Museum has been on the site since 1985, when it was set up by the Royal Engineers. The museum closed permanently in September 2012 and the building emptied.

Trust

A new trust, called Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum, was formed in 2012 to take charge of the exhibits and archives. 

Col Andy Phillips, outgoing Commander of Waterbeach Station and of 12 Engineer Group (Air Support), said: 
“I am delighted that a home has been found to secure the Museum contents. I hope a permanent building is identified soon and I would like to thank the Trust for all their hard work to ensure this important history remains in Waterbeach.”

Contact

The present volunteer Curator, Oliver Merrington, will continue - carrying out research and answering enquiries. His email is: rafwaterbeach.museum@gmail.com

Or if you prefer, you can write to the Museum trust: c/o 5 Lode Avenue, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PX, United Kingdom

Press releases

Read the Museum's Press Release, December 2012: