Perranporth Airfield was awarded National Heritage status in 2000 with two areas of the airfield protected as Scheduled Monuments by “English Heritage”.
But it is still critically at risk: The entire airfield is up for sale and in immediate danger of being sold off in parcels. We need to keep the airfield intact. With your help the Spitfire Heritage Trust will secure Perranporth airfield and bring it back to life for “General Aviation” and as “living museum” for Spitfires.
We are already almost half way to the £1,650,000 needed for an outright purchase. Our friends and supporters have risen to the challenge with pledges and loans. If we can raise the remainder the airfield will be saved forever.
The landscape survives virtually as it was during World War II making it, visually, a uniquely valuable heritage site. The airfield stands on the high cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a glorious wildlife habitat and stunning coastal walks. A small, friendly flying club and flying school operates from the site used by the local community and popular with visitors. These are at risk too.
The protected areas include very rare fighter pens, an underground battle headquarters and air-raid shelters along with pillboxes, anti-aircraft defences and the footings of associated buildings. The three and a half miles of perimeter track are also scheduled along with fighter dispersals. Although scheduled: these all need to be conserved and made available for people to visit.
We all understand how important it is to preserve iconic items for the future. Restoration of vintage aircraft is very well supported and we believe that preserving the environment in which they operated is just as important. Surprisingly: the environment is at far greater risk of being fragmented and lost.
It’s very necessary that we should carry the Spitfire “story” forwards because the telling of stories (and myths) are the foundations of culture: the “glue” that binds societies together and connects us with our shared history. The Spitfire is entering the realm of folklore and is on the cusp of something new. So we plan to do something fresh, innovative and exciting with the airfield: not just preserve it in aspic.
- we want to restore the airfield to its original condition,
- to preserve the authentic environment
- to see it used again by Spitfires
TO CREATE A UNIQUE "LIVING MUSEUM”.
The Trust runs projects that bring people together through an interest in the Spitfire. When recently we parked a replica Spitfires in one of the fighter pens the effect was electrifying; illustrating the potential and the ease of dressing part of the airfield as it would have been in its heyday.
The folk behind the Trust are historians, pilots, teachers, and enthusiasts – all volunteers of a non-profit organization trying to find a way to save this fabulous place for future generations.
So this is where you could make a real difference:
· If you make a donation this would be wonderful
· If you visit and “Like” our facebook
· Share the campaign with your friends
PLEASE HELP US TO SAVE THE SPITFIRE AIRFIELD AND
PROMOTE THE SPITFIRE STORY.
This IndieGoGo account is linked directly to the Spitfire Heritage Trust’s bank account and all the funds will go directly there.
More details about the campaign and a link to our Facebook page can be found on www.spitfireheritagetrust.com