RAF Coltishall could now become a museum

The control tower could be turned into a museum at the former RAF Coltishall. Photo: Bill Smith

The control tower could be turned into a museum at the former RAF Coltishall. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

Fighter ace Douglas Bader was stationed there, it served a crucial role during conflicts such as the Battle of Britain and the Iraq war and has been home to aircraft such as Hawker Hurricanes and Jaguars.

And now the remarkable history of RAF Coltishall could be told in a new museum – in what used to be the control tower at the former air base.

Discussions are taking place between the former air base's owner, Norfolk County Council, and a number of individuals over the creation of a charitable heritage trust which would run the museum.

The county council, which paid £4m for the base in 2013, has re-branded it as Scottow Enterprise Park and is negotiating terms over leasing buildings.

Tim Edmunds, development manager of Scottow Enterprise Park, said: 'It is hoped a museum and learning centre can be created to operate from the most iconic historic buildings, like the former air traffic control complex.' He added, that if the project went ahead, artefacts and information about the former air base would be available for the public, schools, youth groups and academics, under the stewardship of members of the Spirit of Coltishall Association


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The council would lease the buildings to the trust, while up to three councillors could become trustees.

Any proposals would have to be agreed by the council and would also need to secure planning permission from North Norfolk District Council.

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The cost of bringing the buildings back into use and ongoing maintenance would rest with the trust.

What do you think of the proposal for the control tower? Write, giving full contact details to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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