The Memorial Room and Garden

The Memorial Garden and Rooms, which house a small museum, are within a Treatment Works belonging to Anglian Water on a secure site at the south-west corner of the former airfield.

Honours Boards and plaques commemorating 103 and 576 Squadrons line the entrance lobby to the Anglian Water building. The museum opened in c.2001 as a single room, located off this foyer. Five years later, an adjacent office became vacant and it was possible to expand. The Rooms contain an excellent selection of varied exhibits, including historical artefacts and photographs relating both to the airfield and RAF life in World War 2.

Outside, maturing plants and trees have grown to screen the building and form a tranquil Garden, centred around the recently renovated (in 2019) RAF Elsham Wolds Memorial. There are other plaques including one to commemorate Operation Manna, which dropped food and other supplies to the starving civilian population of the Netherlands in 1945.

Both Rooms and the Garden are maintained to a high standard as a tribute to all who served.


After 16 months closure due to Covid-19, Visitors can be admitted in LIMITED NUMBERS (see below).

IMPORTANT

Potential Visitors should note that, for reasons of security, any access must be by prior arrangement.

Visitors are requested to contact The Curator, Robin Lingard, to make an appointment before making their visit by telephoning +44 (0)1652 653247 or sending a message to: Curator@elshamwolds.org.uk.

For any visitors requiring accomodation, the closest is in Barnetby-le-Wold (which also has a railway station) at either Holcombe House Guest House [Tel: +44 (0)7850 764002/ e-Mail: holcombe.guest.house@gmail.com] or the Whistle and Flute Hotel, by the railway station [Tel: +44 (0)1652 688238 or book online via numerous sites available]. A wider range of accomodation can also be found in the surrounding area, either at independent countryside retreats or hotels, near Humberside Airport (to the east) and westwards around Brigg or, slightly further away, Scunthorpe. Should local transport be required, there are several taxi firms (unfortunately they seem to keep changing, so an on-line search may be necessary).


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Left: An Elsham Spring



Right: Memorial Garden with RAF Ensign Raised

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Left: Memorial Room (back in 2001)



Right: Memorial Room Crew, 2010, with Curator Robin Lingard, standing, and former Chairman, Ken Duddell, seated on right

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Other photos are available on the UK Airfields website

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