The Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) was formed in 1979. Its object is the education of the public by promotion, support, assistance and improvement of the Museum through the activities of a group of Members. It aims to achieve this object by a lively programme of events, including talks and excursions. SoFFAAM is a Registered Charity, No. 280725.
Benefits of membership include:
- Free entry to the Museum, with reduced rates for up to three guests*
- Price concessions in the Museum Shop, a well stocked retail outlet with a substantial range of aviation-related items, books and magazines*
- Opportunities to take part in Society excursions to places of interest. Recent visits have included trips to the RN Submarine Museum and the RN Historic Flight.
- Occasional privileged access to Cobham Hall, home of the Museum's Reserve Collection
- A free copy of the SoFFAAM quarterly Journal Jabberwock. This lively magazine includes articles of historical interest in the fields of naval aviation and associated military matters. It also gives a brief summary of the monthly talks and reports on excursions. Members are actively encouraged to contribute to the Journal
- Monthly Talks by eminent speakers in the field of aviation. Talks are held in the Museum's AgustaWestland Conference Room. There is a small charge for entry, which includes a light buffet supper and drinks. (Please note: some talks are TICKET ONLY events)
- The opportunity of becoming actively involved with the Museum and its excellent volunteer training programme for explainers and Museum Guides
* Please note that these concessions are provided at the discretion of the Museum Director and could be withdrawn or modified at any time.
For more details of the Society and to download a joining form, visit www.fleetairarmfriends.org.uk
Non members are very welcome at £7.00 per person. Pay at the door or in advance by calling 01935 842 617, start time 7.00pm for 7.30pm. (Please note: numbers are limited). Tickets are also available online.
Double Launch at Museum during April Half Term and Easter Holidays.
The Museum is delighted to announce the formal opening of a new interactive within the Jutland 1916 exhibition. The occasion was of particular significance as the interactive was funded by SOFFAAM, the Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, who also as part of the event launched its own family membership – a brand new society initiative for 2017.
The new interactive game in our Jutland - World War 1 exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to shoot down a Zeppelin! Flying a Sopwith Baby, a full size example of which is located next to the game, you can battle enemy aircraft before taking on the mighty airship. It also demonstrates how small the Baby was in comparison to the aircraft and airships it did combat with and underlines the courage of the pilots who flew it.
The interactive was opened by Eachan Hardie and his family, who have become the Society’s first family members. The Society of Friends have recently launched a new family membership which is now available alongside the existing annual adult membership options. The new family membership is a great opportunity to encourage younger and junior members to take an interest in the society and its activities, but also the wider Museum.
Above: Eachan uses the new Interactive in Hall One.
Eachan Hardie, who wants to be a test pilot for the Fleet Air Arm, had previously written to Capt. Eric Brown asking for advice as to how he could follow in his footsteps and received a warm reply from his hero, with a number of further letters exchanged between the pair. Eachan more recently campaigned to save the Capt. Brown Medal and Archive Collection, now part of the collection at the Museum.
Museum General Manager, Marc Farrance said – “we are really pleased to have hosted Eachan and his family to mark the launch of both the interactive and the new friend’s family membership. Eachan has been inspired by his hero Capt. Brown, we hope that the launch of this new family membership will help both the society and museum to inspire other young people in the future. We are grateful for the society’s support with the interactive, this will greatly enhance what is already a superb exhibition”.
Above: The Society present the first family membership to Eachan.