Trip Advisor accolade for aircraft museum

PUBLISHED: 19:49 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 01 June 2018

The de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

The de Havilland DH98 Mosquito

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An aircraft museum dedicated to preserving the heritage of a famous Hatfield aviation business has been awarded a prestigious accolade.

The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame certificate to be displayed at the museum. Picture: Lottery Fund.The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame certificate to be displayed at the museum. Picture: Lottery Fund.

The many thousands of visitors to the de Havilland Aircraft Museum can’t be wrong, and their praise for its large collection of historic aircraft has led to tourist site TripAdvisor giving it its top award.

After gaining the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row, the museum, which is at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, has now qualified for the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame in recognition of its Excellence in Hospitality.

Museum chairman Alan Brackley said: “This award is indeed very good news as it not only underpins the work of our museum to preserve the many de Havilland civil and military aircraft in its collection, but it also recognises the magnificent contributions being made by our volunteers at the museum each and every day.

“This award is based on the reviews of all of the visitors, and it distinguishes the museum from other attractions by giving visitors even more reason to come and visit.”

The museum’s visitors come from many different countries – from the USA and Canada to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand – as well as all over the UK.

“This museum creates a special and unique experience for all our visitors,” said museum marketing director Mike Nevin.

“Adults, children and disabled visitors as well as aircraft buffs all find so much to interest them, whether it be sitting in airliners and cockpits or seeing a collection of propeller and jet engines.”

Local schools are increasingly putting the museum on their must-visit list, as are local organisations, and a number of large companies encourage their staff to spend their official ‘Charity Day’ helping out there in a variety of roles.

Extra facilities for visitors will be provided after the completion of a large new hangar for which the Lottery Fund recently made a £1.9million funding award.

Construction is expected to start in July.

It will see major reorganisation, which will bring inside more of the aircraft currently on display outside and include the creation of a bigger café and education and community space.

• Details of the museum, founded in 1959 and Britain’s oldest aviation museum, can be found at www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

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