Sunday 10 November 2013

Free admission for all

We hope to welcome visitors from far and wide on Remembrance Sunday. We offer free admission to all on this very special day when we remember Zembers of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in active service.

At 11am, a two-minute silence will be observed across the museum, starting and finishing with a museum-wide whistle blast, in remembrance of the symbolic signal to go ‘over the top’ in the trenches of the First World War and the millions of men who died in this field of combat.

At 12.30pm, we will be holding a traditional service of Remembrance in the Conservation Hall in AirSpace, with standard bearers from the Royal British Legion and local ATC cadets. IWM Duxford’s partner organisations will lay wreaths in honour of the fallen.

We’ll be giving families the opportunity to learn about remembrance together with hands-on activities throughout the museum.

In AirSpace between 10.30am and 2.30pm, we’ll be making poppies and either wearing them with pride or attaching them to a large frieze depicting a First World War Flanders Field. In Land Warfare between 10.30am and 2.30pm, we’ll be making poppies and attaching them to a frieze that represents contemporary warfare. In both AirSpace and Land Warfare, visitors will have the opportunity to write their own personal messages of remembrance and attach them to our pictorial friezes.

Between 11.30am and 3.30pm in Land Warfare, members of the 3rd East Anglian Regiment Malaya Veterans will be chatting to visitors about their personal experiences of military service. Burma Star veterans will be chatting to visitors in the Forgotten War exhibition in Land Warfare.

The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum will also be hosting camouflage face-painting activities for children, who will also have the opportunity to wear mini-versions of the new multi-terrain combat gear worn by serving personnel.

IWM Duxford’s replica memorial church is dedicated to all those who lost their lives while serving at RAF Duxford. It is open to visitors, for historical interest or quiet contemplation, throughout Remembrance Sunday.

There will also be a trail around the museum, exploring the range of memorials which honour individual people, sections of the Armed Forces and historic military campaigns. It shows the many different ways that the effects of war and conflict are commemorated for future generations.

We hope you can join us at IWM Duxford to remember those who gave their lives in conflicts past and present.