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Arts Council renews Helicopter Museum Accreditation

Following a review of the Accreditation status of The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-

Mare, a panel of experts appointed by the Arts Council has awarded the Collection Full

Accreditation status for a further five years.

Accreditation is only granted to museums that can demonstrate that they reach nationally

agreed standards, including the highest levels of professionalism and care for their collections.

Although the collection was first accredited in 1997, this time it had to go through a new

revised and more rigorous process to achieve success.

Chairman of the Helicopter Museum Trustees, Elfan ap Rees, said The award is a reflection

of the dedication and hard work put in by the staff and volunteers, led by General Manager

Lee Mills, and is especially pleasing as it recognises the museum meets the same high

standard as leading professional museums across the UK.

Accreditation by the Arts Council is just one of a number of awards presented to The

Helicopter Museum in recent years, including The Queens Award for Voluntary Service for its

volunteers, an ImechE Engineering Heritage Award, a Transport Trust Red Wheel Transport

Heritage Plaque, Federation Aeronautique Internationale Recommended Venue of Education

certification, and most recently the Vertical Flight Society Heritage Sites Award.

Unlike many museums that receive funding from government or local authorities, The

Helicopter Museum relies entirely on visitor revenue and donations for its day-to-day

operation, but Accreditation does open the door to occasional grants from organisations,

including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Currently the Museum is in the process of constructing a replacement entrance building which,

when complete, will house new retail and catering facilities, together with an education/lecture

suite and enhanced offices, as well as providing additional display space and an expanded

archive and library.

The shell of this extension is expected to be completed this month, with fitting out due to take

place during 2019. However the Museum currently has insufficient financial reserves to

complete this work and is seeking new volunteers and sponsors for this phase of the

development.

To further accelerate the project, the Museum recently applied for a small scale grant from the

Heritage Lottery Fund, aimed at developing an introductory display in the extension around

the 1931 Hafner R2 helicopter in the collection the worlds oldest surviving helicopter. The

renewed Full Accreditation status is expected to now strengthen that bid.