Historic Duxford

Historic Duxford is a new exhibition and historic site trail for families which explores Duxford's time as an RAF airfield from 1918 to 1961.

With many things to watch, listen to, have a go at, wear and even smell, Historic Duxford paints a vivid picture of daily life at RAF Duxford. Hear and see fascinating personal stories told by the men and women who worked and lived at RAF Duxford, in sound and film.

See the Watch Office, the forerunner to the Control Tower, as it might have been during the late 1930s.

Complementing the Historic Duxford exhibition is a heritage trail around the historic site with eight interactive posts. Each post features audio memories from veterans who worked at RAF Duxford. Pick up an activity sheet from the exhibition to complete as you follow the trail.

Discover Duxford’s own story – its eventful past and fascinating people.

Entry to Historic Duxford is included in admission to IWM Duxford.

Please note that the interactive trail posts have been temporarily removed for essential maintenance until late 2014.



Free - entry to Historic Duxford is included in admission to IWM Duxford.

Historic Duxford Blog

Historic Duxford Blog.

Read about how the Historic Duxford exhibition came together and some of the discoveries our researchers made along the way.

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Collections in Context

RAF Duxford in the Battle of Britain
RAF Duxford was responsible for defending the Midlands and East Anglia...

The Strategic Bomber Offensive
After the fall of France in 1940, Britain was in no position to take on the German Army in Europe...

The Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire is arguably one of the most iconic aircraft in aviation history...

Duxford and the Spitfire

In 1938, RAF Duxford's No. 19 Squadron was the first RAF squadron to re-equip with the new Supermarine Spitfire.

Hear about the Spitfire's history

About IWM Duxford

Find out more about IWM Duxford’s fascinating and varied past

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