RAF Beaulieu Exhibition in June 2022

RAF Beaulieu Airfield History Exhibition

Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, and Sunday 5th of June

East Boldre Village Hall, Main Road, East Boldre SO42 7WD
Doors open 10am til 4pm daily.

Come and explore the history of RAF Beaulieu from the Second World War period to present day. On display will be never before seen photos, film footage from the 1940s, and information panels.

You can also view physical artefacts from the New Forest’s wartime history including details on the crashed aircraft. Also on display will be artefacts from the Home Front, showing documents and physical items that local New Forest people would have used during the Second World War.

Children can take part in a quiz as they explore the exhibition, with a prize at the end.

Other exhibitors

RAF Calshot by Colin Van Geffen & Philip Jewell

One room will be dedicated to RAF Calshot, with artefacts and displays relating to the wartime history, including the Schneider Trophy races.

RAF Lymington & RAF Needs Oar Point

There will also be displays containing physical items and information panels about these two pre D-Day airfields that were local to Beaulieu.

Alan Brown’s 12 Airfields

In addition there will be some of the late Alan Brown’s work on the 12 New Forest Airfields which are being restored in his memory.

Friends of the New Forest Airfields (FONFA)

Volunteers from FONFA will also be in attendance showing some of their models and information on the local wartime airfields.

Spitfire Makers Charitable Trust (Thursday Only)

The Southampton-based Spitfire Makers Charitable Trust are researching  the sites of Spitfire production across Southampton and beyond. The first of the plaques to commemorate the Many who built the planes for the Few to fly was unveiled recently at what is now the Shirley Parish Hall where jettison fuel tanks were being made.

Proceeds from the exhibition will go towards the regeneration of East Boldre Village Hall which is on the site of the WW1 period airfield across the road from RAF Beaulieu. 

Local Aircraft Accidents & Crashes in WW2

Discover all the local accidents and crashes that happened around RAF Beaulieu and the local New Forest area during the Second World War.

The Indian Army in the New Forest / Royal Visits to the New Forest

The exhibition tells the story of the Indian army hospitals in the New Forest in World War One. This covers the hospitals that were set up in the Balmer Lawn and Forest Park Hotels, the 500 bed Lady Hardinge Hospital at Tilebarn in Brockenhust that was purpose built for the Indian soldiers. The exhibition will also show material on the Indian convalescent depots at Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea.

Also covered will be historical Royal visits to the New Forest to help celebrate the Jubilee weekend.

Entrance Fee

Entry will be a suggested donation of £1 (or more at your own discretion) for adults. Kids free.

Refreshments will be available in the exhibition.

Also, the Turfcutters Arms is just 200 metres from the hall.The doors of the hall will be open from 10am to 4pm from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June (the long Jubilee 4 day bank holiday weekend).

If you have memories, stories, or artefacts you would like to possibly include, please do get in touch with me.

Hopefully you can save the date as it’s a long bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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