Steve and Sheila are pleased to say that the museum is now open for the 2020 season. As you'll understand there are restrictions in place and these must be strictly adhered to. During the lockdown the volunteers kept working, at a safe social distance of course, and much has been achieved due to the extra months of work time being available. There are many new items and displays all waiting for you to pay a visit. Markers, arrows, hand sanitisers and signs are throughout the museum. Because of the way that the museum is laid out there should be minimum inconvenience for visitors. PLEASE NOTE when you visit it is crucial that the social distance of 6ft with the volunteers and other visitors is kept to. It's imperative that none of us are in the situation that could compromise us if a visitor could be incubating the virus and later test positive for it. Other than that please enjoy your visit with us. PS. The comments system for this blog has been updated and can b
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Unfortunately, Marlene, our trusty electric bus won't be doing any Airfield Tours this year as the the social distance cannot be kept for the passengers onboard. This will be disappointing for the many of our visitors last year who were wanting to go on one of the tours this year. Hopefully by July next year things will be back to normal and the airfield tours can resume. The remains of the airfield, runways and dilapidated buildings, are on free to roam land so you can park your car and walk the site. On a clear day - we do get some in Cornwall - if you climb up the stairs of the control building you can get some good photos of the two tors, Brown Willy and Rough Tor, which provide a good back drop. The two tors were used as navigation points during WWII.
The museum is lucky to have an original Stanton Air Raid Shelter within the grounds. Steve has added a realistic sound track which starts with the alarm siren warning of an imminent air raid. Then there is the noise of bombs going off all around and eventually the siren giving the all clear. After that there are the noises of emergency vehicles which had bells ringing in those days, not the wailing sirens that we're used to today. There are benches along the walls and it really gives the feeling of what it must have been like to spend hour upon hour in the dark and damp listening to the bombs falling and wondering if your house was still standing. This shelter is reputed to have it's own ghost.