Welwyn Garden City care home ‘thrilled’ with de Havilland Museum partnership

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 August 2018

(L-R) Kelly Crellin, Alistair Hodgson, and Mike Nevin with the donation of books and magazines. Picture: Quantum Care.

(L-R) Kelly Crellin, Alistair Hodgson, and Mike Nevin with the donation of books and magazines. Picture: Quantum Care.


The de Havilland Aircraft Museum has teamed up with a Welwyn Garden City care home after hearing about its enthusiasm for aviation.

Anson Court care home has an aircraft theme in recognition of its proximity to Panshanger airfield, which acted as a decoy factory for the de Havilland site.

Many of the residents have connections with the Hatfield factory, so home manager Kelly Crellin contacted the museum to rekindle those memories.

Museum curator Alistair Hodgson said: “We were delighted to hear about Anson Court and immediately saw a great opportunity to create a partnership with the home.

“We have already welcomed some of the residents to the museum and it was an absolute pleasure to show them around.”

The museum – based in London Colney – also gave the care home memorabilia, and is planning to interview some of the factory’s former employees as part of its oral history campaign.

Ms Crellin said: “We are all really thrilled about working with the museum.

“It is really important that our residents feel connected to their local communities and especially important for those with connections to the de Havilland factory.”

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