The events of 2020 have brought many things into sharper focus for many people. Here at the museum, we have been truly moved by the offers of help and support from both individuals and organisations. Indeed, over the years many businesses, small and large, have stepped forward to help with either individual projects or the ongoing needs of the museum.
This page brings together a resource that thanks all of those entities who have stepped forward, almost always without any expectation of any return for their support. This is an ever growing resource that we will be adding to continually.
We also must not forget all of the private individuals who have helped either with donations or indeed our paying visitors. Each time you buy entrance into the museum, you help to support our continued work. We thank you.
Kirkby Foundation – Are a small charitable trust, supporting the museum with a grant to enable us to make the museum even more family friendly this winter.
William Birch and Sons Ltd – A family owned construction company. During the lockdown period of early 2020, they generously offered to supply a team of workmen to help the museum to undertake vital repair works to the old WW2 buildings.
Chris Birch, Chairman of William Birch said “We have a long association with the Yorkshire Air Museum relating to our development site at Elvington, which has proven popular in recent years. The museum is a great asset to our home city and one we are keen supporters of. We were delighted to be able to help with some building repairs to the museum building buttresses. Volunteers from our team in York worked hard at making the much needed improvements. It is a delight to see the Museum re-open, and welcoming visitors to a safe environment, once again providing a great family day out” https://www.williambirch.co.uk/
Heron Landscapes – If you’ve enjoyed the beautiful gardens, flowers and also our popular Halifax planters this summer, Mick and the team from Heron Landscapes are the people behind it all. They have helped to make the museum a colourful place to visit. Mick and the team are constantly innovating new ideas, including our incredibly popular junior sized picnic tables. http://www.heronlandscapesukltd.co.uk/
Elvington Plant have loaned tools, fixtures and fittings and supplied the forklift truck for all our ventures into York with both the Kitten and the Hurricane and with help in unloading the huge Mirage IV when it arrived from France. https://www.elvingtonplanthire.co.uk/
Bradford Armature Windings Company (BAWC) of Bradford supplied the starter motors for our Dakota and have carried out countless starter motor re-windings. https://www.bawco.com/
Yorkshire Hydraulics of Monks Cross have supplied hydraulic pipes and fittings to us for a variety of aircraft. http://www.yorkshirehydraulicsltd.co.uk/
Heritage Lottery Fund – The Heritage Lottery Fund have supported the museum at various times in our history. Most recently, they have stepped forward with much needed support to help us through the unique times we are all currently living through. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/
The Department for Culture Media and Sport – Along with many other cultural organisations, we were incredibly fortunate to receive a grant of £312,531 to assist with our continued survival and development throughout the global pandemic https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-digital-culture-media-sport
Groupes Lourds – The Groupes Lourds Association was founded over 60 years ago to remember the sacrifice of the French aircrew who flew Halifax III Bombers from RAF Elvington near York on missions to liberate Europe between 1944 and 1945. http://halifax346et347.canalblog.com/
Donald and Patricia Shepherd Charitable Trust – The Shepherd Trust have stepped forward to help the museum with various projects over the years. Most notably, they were generous enough to support the move of the Mirage IV from France to the UK.
SMART Training – One of our long standing corporate clients, the SMART Training group use the Museum’s conference facilities. Even during the 2020 lockdown period, they generously gave a donation to the museum, even though they were unable to hold seminars with us. https://www.smarttraining.co.uk/
This constantly evolving directory is a growing resource. Below are more of the ever growing family of friends and businesses who have stepped froward with support for the Museum. We are forever grateful for everyone’s assistance whatever the scale.
- Aéro-club de France
- Association des Anciens et Amis des Groupes Lourds
- Association des Membres de l’Ordre National du Mérite
- Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
- Conservatoire de l’Air et de l’Espace d’Aquitaine
- Fédération des Associations Françaises en Grande-Bretagne
- Fondation de la France Libre
- Institut Français
- RAF & Allied Air Forces Monument
- Royal Aeronautical Society
- Royal Air Force Association
- Royal British Legion
- Souvenir Français
- Airship Association
- Airship Heritage Trust
- Neville Shute Foundation
- BAe Heritage
- Ministere de Armees
- Geoff Stubbins Welding
- James Wright Electrical
- R M Labels Limited
- BNW Engineering
- Mercia Group
- Terberg Ltd (services to Fire Team)
- RAF Youth Engagement Team
- French Embassy
- Institut Français
- Yorkshire Print Services
- Spectrum Signs
- Purple Marbles