The following are national/international network organisations. Please contact them directly for further information and joining guidance:
Aviation Heritage UK, originally formed as The British Aircraft Preservation Council (BAPC) in 1967, is the national body for the preservation of aviation related items. It is a voluntary staffed organisation which undertakes a representation, co-ordination and enabling role. Regular Members’ meetings around the country enable discussion and networking, and the sharing of examples of best practice. A range of activities from safety training to skills education are held at Members’ own locations. Loans for projects are available, together with advice on funding opportunities. See the AHUK website for membership details or contact email@example.com for more information.
The War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network is made up of over 450 organisations and individuals around the world who look at conflict from the First World War to today. Free to join, the Network builds capacity, connections and confidence in the cultural heritage sector, and welcomes all those who work on not-for-profit activity including museums, societies, local government and educators. They offer free online events, providing opportunities to network and to discuss themes and plans for activity. They also have a range of digital resources that are free for you to use, and provide a Register of Expertise and e-newsletter so that you can share details of your skills and interests, and reach out to others. This includes a strand that focuses on Wartime Aviation Heritage, to share good practice and develop specialist knowledge through events and digital resource packs.
To join, please complete the SSN membership form here, where you can also select ‘Wartime Aviation Heritage’ as one of your interests. You can get in touch with them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Transport Trust is the only national body which promotes and encourages the preservation and restoration of Britain’s transport heritage in all its forms – road, rail, wings and water. Its Transport Heritage sites database currently includes 64 aviation related sites and it is fully searchable. The most unusual or significant of these sites are celebrated with a Red Wheel Heritage Plaque. These sites are listed here and can also be found in the sites database. If you wish, you can nominate sites for a Red Wheel plaque.
Membership of the Trust is open to private individuals and affiliated organisations that share their aims. To learn about the benefits of membership and how to join click here.
You can find details of regional networks here.