BOSCOMBE Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) has been awarded a grant of £14,100 to ensure its survival.

The funding for the Old Sarum-based museum was from the Culture Recovery Fund For Heritage.

BDAC project director Squadron Leader John Sharpe said: "Boscombe Down Aviation Collection has received another very welcome grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund, this time for £14,100.

"This is excellent news as it provides a vital contribution towards our efforts to ensure the financial sustainability and therefore survival, of the Collection. Boscombe Down Aviation Collection already plays a major part in the aviation heritage world.

"Consequently, financial assistance at this very difficult time is essential if we are to ensure the availability of historic aviation artefacts for future generations.

BDAC says the money will also enable the team to continue to expand various displays and introduce a digital outreach strategy to keep the history of aviation in the Wessex area.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund is distributing this government funding in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The programme was established to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of Covid-19.

BDAC, which is based at Old Sarum Airfield, reopened to visitors last week.

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