The Museum will stay closed during 2014, with the contents remaining in storage. We do not expect to be able to move back into a former Barracks or RAF building until the site is sold by the Ministry of Defence - there is no timescale. The Curator may be contacted, see below.
The Trustees continue to meet regularly. They are: Adrian Wright (chairman), Alan Shipp (treasurer), John Hamlin (secretary), Robert Stripe, David Adamson and Dave Hornby. A member of the 514 Squadron association also attends 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 site is to be sold for housing – it's due to close 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.
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:
The present volunteer Curator, Oliver Merrington, will continue - carrying out research and answering enquiries. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you prefer, you can write to the Museum trust: c/o 5 Lode Avenue, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PX, United Kingdom
Read the Museum's Press Release, December 2012: