Heritage Volunteers View Cosford Projects

28 Aug

Volunteers with the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust had an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into conservation projects when they visited the RAF Museum at Cosford recently.

With the Museum’s Darren Priday as their guide they were given access to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre which is not normally open to the public.

They saw major work underway on wartime Wellington and Hampden bombers and the unique German Dornier Do17 which was recovered from the sea in 2013.

The Dornier project has many similarities and challenges with the Sunderland Trust’s conservation of many parts from Sunderland T9044, which sank off Pembroke Dock 75 years ago this year.

Recently the Sunderland Trust – which runs the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre in the Royal Dockyard Chapel – signed a partnership agreement with the RAF Museum and this visit was a follow up to the exciting links which have been made between the two organisations.

Joining the Trust group was Bill Proctor of Hundleton who was surprised and delighted to meet up with Darren Priday for the first time in 30 years. They had worked together at RAF St Athan servicing Phantom jets.

And for Volunteer Alan Porter the visit brought back memories of his early RAF training which was undertaken at RAF Cosford in the 1950s. Subsequently, his first posting was to RAF Pembroke Dock – working on Sunderlands.

The Sunderland Trust group with Darren Priday in the Conservation Centre at Cosford.

The Sunderland Trust group with Darren Priday in the Conservation Centre at Cosford.

Bill Proctor (right) and Alan Porter (left) pictured with Darren Priday by a restored wing of a Wellington bomber.

Bill Proctor (right) and Alan Porter (left) pictured with Darren Priday by a restored wing of a Wellington bomber.