Research Libraries and Archives

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is located on the site of the old RAF airfield made famous in the Battle of Britain and still utilises some of the original service buildings. Since opening in 1982, the museum has expanded to include a collection of historic British aircraft and a great many associated artefacts displayed in five exhibition halls. As well as preserving historic military hardware, the museum also endeavours to tell the human story of those who have served their country through first hand stories and personal memorabilia.

For historians and researchers, the museum can offer access to its extensive library and archives not on view to the general public. These include aircrew log books, personal letters, service documents and photographs. The Peter Wright Memorial Library houses more than 4,000 books and periodicals on all aspects of military aviation, including fine collections of aviators’ biographies, squadron histories, technical manuals and wartime Air Ministry publications.

The museum is entirely staffed by volunteers, so access to both the Archive and Library requires a prior appointment. This is to ensure there is a member of the curatorial department available to provide access and assistance.

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To arrange an appointment please e-mail the Museum Archivist at For more information visit: