Yorkshire Air Museum
, Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington,, York, YO41 4AU
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
Our authentic wartime surroundings, original exhibits and a collection of 60 aircraft and military vehicles on display make for an immersive experience which children will never forget!
What makes us a great choice?
Every year, the educational team at the Yorkshire Air Museum accompanies hundreds of school children and their teachers on their learning journey, a school visit at the Museum being a unique experience which children will remember for years to come.
Over the years, the Museum has become one of the most interesting and dynamic museums of its type in the country. As well as being home to the only Allied Air Forces Memorial in Europe, the Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent aviation museum in the UK, with an acclaimed aircraft collection of over 50 aircraft showcasing flight from its very early origins in Yorkshire through to the latest technology of the supersonic age. The Museum is based on the original wartime RAF Elvington station and children can experience wartime life when visiting the Officers Mess, the original Control Tower and the Airmen’s Billet.
The exhibitions and displays at the Yorkshire Air Museum cover a wealth of curriculum subjects. Guided activities are available for the following subjects: Early Flight and the development of aviation technology; Pioneers of aviation (Heroes of History); Hands-on WWII; Aviation during the First World War.
Accreditation and Awards
We are an accredited museum and registered charity. We work in partnership with the Royal Aeronautical Society and have produced a joined KS2 educational resource ‘Reach for the Sky’ on the history and development of aviation.
What is typically included?
On a typical school visit, the Museum welcomes your school party after 10 am. After a short introductory welcome, the pupils are split into 2 to 4 small groups and taken on discovery tours of the Museum by our friendly guides.
Over the course of the day, each group will get to experience the various aspects, histories and displays the Museum has to offer in relation to the subject they are studying. Each school visit is planned individually and tailored to the school’s curriculum focus.
Typically, pupils will go through two guided sessions in the morning, have lunch in our dedicated room and complete a third session in the afternoon before departing between 2 and 3 pm. Each visit also includes some time in our Air Power Zone where pupils can play and get to sit in open cockpits.
Group Sizes Catered For
The Yorkshire Air Museum is based on a 20 acre sites with 15 indoor exhibits. Its dedicated learning room can accommodate up to 100 children on self lead trips. However, if guided activities are planned on the day of your visit, we prefer to welcome groups of up to 60 children maximum to ensure optimized benefits for each child.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
On confirmation of a school trip, the lead teacher will be sent a teacher’s resource pack including relevant risk assessment, site map, work sheets and guidance to optimize their visit. The Museum has also developed a combination of self-led trails and a publication, all of which are relevant to different parts of the 2017/2018 KS2 curriculum.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
We have no restrictions as far are taking photos, videos or audios as long as teachers have full approval from parents for children to do so.
Risk Assessment Details
Upon confirming a school visit, teachers are invited to visit the museum for free to conduct their own assessment. The Museum also has a generic school visit risk assessment which can be used and adapted for each visit by the teachers.
Education Officer Information
Our Public Engagement and Learning Officer is Barbara George, 01904 608246, For school visit enquiries, please email: email@example.com
School group booking rates are:
Admission only: £4.50 per child. 1 free adult per 10 children. Additional adults are charged at £6.00 each.
Guided Activities: £2.50 per child.
No specific clothing is required although as some of the exhibits are outdoors we recommend weatherproof clothing.
First Aid Information
The Museum has first aid facilities and qualified personnel on site.
The Museum has a fully licensed restaurant serving hot meals and refreshments, a picnic area, a family open cockpit area and a Museum Shop where children can purchase small souvenirs for as little as 50p.
Upon booking a school visit, the school will have a specific indoor area reserved where children can eat their own pack up lunch.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Our site is entirely accessible by wheelchair with the exception of the first floor of our Heritage Listed Control Tower.
Opening Hours & Information
The Museum is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm during British Summertime and from 10 am to 4 pm during British Wintertime. Last admissions are one hour prior to closing time.
‘A must for all school children’
‘We visited here as part of a two day residential to York from Cumbria as a culmination of our World War Two topic. It was the highlight of the trip for the children and staff alike. The staff could not have been more welcoming or friendly and all facilities for the group were excellent.
There were so many thoughtful touches such as a 'ration' of sweets for each child and even a personalised sign waiting for us. David had the children spellbound by his tales of life during the war. I was especially impressed by how he tailored his talk to what the group was interested in. David was very knowledgeable about many areas in the war and could convey this is in a captivating, child friendly way. We all learned something, including their teacher with a History degree!
We could have stayed all day chatting with David but it was lucky we didn't as we would have missed the most well thought out and structured activity I have come across on a school trip. The children learned to be paratroopers. It was very atmospheric being in the actual plane and using the same routine and drills. Once the children had done the activity the audio was especially moving. I have a very jealous husband who would have loved to have done this activity!
All staff (The three musketeers) were fantastic. They had so much patience with the children and a usually challenging class really responded to their passion and knowledge of the era. I thoroughly recommend this museum.’ Westfield Nursery Primary School, 30th November 2017.
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all of the volunteers for a wonderful morning last Saturday. The children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed the visit and it was just a shame that we could not stay any longer. Many children said it was their favourite part of their whole Yorkshire experience”. 13th May 2017, Cranleigh Prep School.
The Museum is a multi award winning attraction, dubbed by visitors as ‘a must see place’, ‘great for families’ and ‘absolutely awesome’. A visit to the Yorkshire Air Museum ensures an evocative and entertaining journey back in time where pupils can witness first-hand the rich past of an authentic wartime base as well as learn about the development of aviation from its early days to the present.
The Museum is ideally located on the outskirts of York, easily accessed by car or coach with secure free on-site car park.