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RAF: Coltishall Airbase

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What measures they are taking to preserve historic aspects of RAF Coltishall as a key Battle of Britain fighter base.[HL7278]

The Ministry of Defence's commitment to the responsible stewardship of its historic environment was set out in the defence estate strategy In Trust and on Trust in 2000 and developed in A Strategic Statement for Heritage (December 2005) and The Historic Environment Strategy for the Defence Estate (April 2006).

At RAF Coltishall, this department is working with English Nature to provide a lasting textual, photographic and video record of the base for the future. Our aim is to keep as much Coltishall memorabilia as possible in Norfolk and on display to the public. Accordingly, general items will be transferred to the new Coltishall Association and feature in a specific Coltishall display at the Radar Museum at Neatishead. This opened to the public on 9 September this year. The Battle of Britain Lace has been loaned to Norwich Cathedral and can be seen in the north transept.