Founded in 1987, Gatwick Aviation Museum began as a private collection acquired by local Surrey businessman Peter Vallance. Peter found the people, development and stories within the world of aviation and heritage fascinating. It was in 1990 that he decided to establish the Museum as a Charity and welcome the public inside. His aim was clear - to share his passion with the community through the Museum that he created to inspire future generations.
Today the Gatwick Aviation Museum has continued to inspire passion, learning and development in an enjoyable environment that provides a platform to gain crucial skills and experience. Through our collections, engineering projects, fundraising initiatives, educational events and workshops, the Charity continues to provide many opportunities for those, who aspire to join the aviation industry that exists today
"If everyone in the community enjoys the museum as much as I do, my legacy will be complete"
Founder - Peter Vallance 1958 - 2013
We aim to inspire passion, learning and development in an enjoyable environment. We will provide a platform to gain crucial skills and experience through our collections, engineering projects, fundraising initiatives, educational events and workshops. Our vision is to provide more opportunities that support those who aspire to join the industry that exists today.
Through the hard work and dedication of our trustees, volunteers and staff, it is our continued mission to create the most enjoyable and engaging Museum that we can. Our aim is to offer a relevant, unique and memorable Museum experience where families and friends can come together. We want our visitors to explore, discover and learn through the varied collection of incredible aircraft and exhibits on display here.
Dr Rob Hunter