Garden City high-flyer helps unveil new de Havilland museum exhibition

PUBLISHED: 09:17 09 September 2016

Left to right: Mike Ramsden, Cllr Ruttledge, Mrs Fillingham and museum chairman Alan Brackley.

Left to right: Mike Ramsden, Cllr Ruttledge, Mrs Fillingham and museum chairman Alan Brackley.


A new exhibition at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum has been unveiled by a high-flying company graduate from Welwyn Garden City.

Museum Trust vice president, Mike Ramsden, who initially joined the school as an apprentice in 1946, presented a £300 cheque at the event on behalf of the de Havilland Technical School Association (DHTSA).

After graduating from de Havilland, Mr Ramsden spent 10 years with the company before eventually becoming editor of aviation magazine, Flight.

The museum’s new exhibition trumpets the role played by the aircraft engineering school in making Britain a world leader in aviation, and features models built by de Havilland at its Hatfield base until 1963.

It also has profiles of the company, its founder Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, senior executives and exhibits.

The display is located in the only wartime building left on the London Colney museum site, Foreman’s Office, attached to the long-gone special hangars erected in 1940 to build the prototypes of the de Havilland Mosquito aircraft.

Among the event’s guests were Hertsmere mayor Peter Rutledge, as well as Sonja Fillingham, whose late husband Pat was a DH apprentice and became the company’s chief production test pilot.

The exhibition, co-sponsored by DHTSA and the University of Hertfordshire Heritage Hub, is open to all museum visitors.

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