The RAF Museum Hendon, is one of my favourite haunts; I like to pop in for an hour or two when I’m in the area. Exhibits change all the time and I enjoy encountering something new. Yesterday I noticed the old Watch Office seemed to be open to visitors so I wandered over for a closer look.
It turned out that the Grahame-White Factory and Watch Office had been newly opened in March. They’ve relocated, restored and rebuilt the whole thing and installed all the museum’s early aircraft in the factory (to the left of the watch office in the picture below). As I entered the Watch Office it felt like I had travelled back in time. As I walked around the factory, I could visualise it in its heyday, building Avro 504K’s.
It wasn’t very busy when I was there, I think that’s because it’s not obvious that it is open to the public, I hope more people take the unprepossessing path to the right of the main museum entrance and explore this insight into aviation in the early 1900’s.
So, drop in if you are passing, and travel back in time 🙂