Cornwall Council has withdrawn support for the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) forcing their closure and eviction from their site at next to RAF St Mawgan and Cornwall Airport Newquay, a site that is also set to become Spaceport Cornwall, home of Virgin Galactic.
In a statement on their Facebook page, CAHC said: “It is with heavy hearts and dismay that we can confirm that we are set to close permanently following Cornwall Council’s decision to no longer support our museum and therefore evict us from our site without viable alternatives being offered.
“The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is a unique, highly successful, interactive aerospace visitor centre and education hub based at Cornwall Airport, near to the new Spaceport Cornwall.”
The centre is home to some iconic aircraft including many rare airframes such as a former Qinetiq BAC1-11 test aircraft (ZH763), Vickers VC10 K3 (ZA148) and English Electric Lightning F.53 (ZF580 / XR768) and has become one of the UK’s best museums of former UK military aircraft.
Its relaxed environment allows visitors to roam around that airframes at their leisure with knowledgable staff on hand for guidance.
But this is all set to end in a few months as Cornwall Council have terminated CAHC’s lease on the site and given a deadline to vacate the site by 31st March 2023 which means that the centre Is unlikely to reopen after 31st October 2022. CAHC has been operating for 7 years.
The centre was one of many UK sites deemed important enough to get a cultural grant from the UK Government to help it survive the Coronavirus pandemic.
You can sign the petition to save CAHC here https://www.change.org/p/save-cornwall-aviation-heritage-centre