Kingston Aviation Society are a group of volunteers researching, recording, sharing and celebrating the achievements of the tens of thousands of people who worked in Kingston’s aviation industry from 1912 to 1992.Kingston Aviation Society are a group of volunteers researching, recording, sharing and celebrating the achievements of the tens of thousands of people who worked in Kingston’s aviation industry from 1912 to 1992.
Kingston Aviation Society regularly work closely in partnership with Kingston Heritage Service on research led projects.
Collaborative projects have included:
The Kingston Aviation Festival in Kingston Market Place (2012)
Kingston Aviation Art Exhibition in the Museum (2013)
Kingston Museum WW1 exhibition (2014)
In addition there Kingston Aviation have also held many talks at Kingston Museum and Kingston History Centre, as well as local schools, libraries and council care homes. The society have worked with the Heritage Service to design and install the permanent information panels at the two aircraft factory sites in Kingston and in Canbury Gardens.
Bronze busts in Kingston Library (near entrance to Museum) of Tommy Sopwith and Sidney Camm (funded by KAHT).
Not donated by KAHT but connected: 3 models of Hawker planes on loan from Brooklands Museum in Town of Kings Gallery, clocking on machine from Sopwith Factory.
Individuals can send Kingston Aviation Society digital copies of any photographs of the aviation industry in Kingston, its people and its aircraft to add to our digital archive via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help to spread the awareness of Kingston’s aviation heritage by arranging visits to local schools, clubs and organisations of any kind to present a range of illustrated talks. Extra volunteers are occasionally needed to help at exhibitions.