Update, May 2016
The Museum is to open soon - probably monthly on a Sunday and/or weekday, from March to September.
Urban&Civic have provided us with part of the former Barracks Museum building - a press release will be issued once a Lease has been signed with them & the MoD.
The Curator's contact details are below, contact him if you wish to preview the collection, preferably with one or two weeks notice of your intended visit.
The Museum Trustees continue to meet. They are: Adrian Wright (chairman & charity chair), David Adamson (charity secretary), Alan Shipp (treasurer), Clive Hill (514 Squadron association), Robert Stripe and Dave Hornby. The Curator is an ex-officio trustee so 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 Museum has been on the site since 1984, when it was set up by the Royal Engineers. The museum closed permanently in September 2012 and the building emptied. The whole Barracks and former airfield site 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.
In 2012 a search was made 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. From 2012 to 2016 the whole museum collection was in safe & dry storage, outside the Barracks.
Trust & Charity
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:
In 2015 the trust became a charity, a CIO (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation), with Registered Charity Number 1164795.
The Hon. Curator, Oliver Merrington, may be contacted if you wish to visit the museum before it opens. He also carries out research and answers enquiries. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you prefer, you can write to the Museum trust: c/o Adrian Wright, 5 Lode Avenue, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PX, United Kingdom
Press releases: 2012
Read the Museum's Press Release, December 2012: